We all know the saying: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Well, we are in the "they fight you" stage, but it is looking a lot different than expected. Instead of hitting us head on, the corporations are trying to co-opt us. They are using a "trojan horse" tactic: once they can get themselves into a trusted position to speak on behalf of #OWS then they can blunt and/or destroy any of our revolutionary possibility.
Never forget that Vodafone tried to claim credit for the Egyptian Revolution: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/03/vodafone-egypt-advert-claims-revolution
And Coca-Cola put up special advertising to align themselves with the revolutionaries of Tahrir Square as well.
Some advertising agencies specialize in launching seemingly counter-cultural movements. And they are watching everything we do:http://roarmag.org/2011/08/the-revolution-will-not-be-commercialized/
Another example from something I wrote last year: "The collapsing distinction between marketing and activism is revealed in the cautionary tale of TckTckTck
, a purported climate change organisation with 17 million members. Widely hailed
as an innovator of digital activism, TckTckTck is a project of Havas Worldwide
, the world's sixth-largest advertising company. A corporation that uses advertising to foment ecologically unsustainable overconsumption, Havas bears significant responsibility for the climate change TckTckTck decries."
Now, it is more important than ever to be on our guard against those who wish to "speak for us" or "help us". They have an agenda.. they are fighting by playing nice.
I propose that GA discuss the following proposal:
Proposal: "We believe that corporate money should not be allowed to influence democracy. Therefore, the General Assembly will not accept donations, financial or otherwise, from corporations. Furthermore, we will not allow corporate advertising to be placed on websites affiliated with our occupation. We will resist efforts by corporations to co-opt our movement towards real democracy in America."
Stay strong... don't fall for their tricks,