Tracking the Occupy movement's inception through the mainstream media's inquiry of, 'What do they want?', this article explores the ground work for a consensus-based response to that question. Adapting a perspective of global vision, "A Leaderless Revolution" takes direct aim at the creeping menace of inverted totalitarianism and positions itself accordingly.
But what do they want?
"Beginning with a clarion call to 'occupy' lower Manhattan in a September issue of Adbusters and citing the success of Tahrir Square insurgents in issuing a "straightforward ultimatum" for Mubarak's ouster, Occupy's camaraderie was forged in solidarity with that of an Arab Spring by together asking, "what is our equally uncomplicated demand?" (#OccupyWall- Street, 2).
Consequently though, and only after Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrators had elicited popular support following release of an internet video showing female protesters being pepper sprayed (Day 8) and the arrest of more than 700 marchers crossing the Brooklyn Bridge (Day 15) did mainstream media (MM) begin to wonder, "What Do They Want?". While this question has proved to be one of the movement's earliest shared issues, articulating a consensus-based response has revealed unique aspects about the group's orienting structure."