From:   Harrison Schultz <schuh072@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Friday, September 16, 2011 2:40:46 PM
To:   september17@googlegroups.com
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] analytics report on occupywallst.org
 

An American Indian elder (can't recall which nation unfortunately) once told me that the Indian way of warfare required every generation of young warriors to rise up and fight the United States Government at least once.  Victory is always preferable to defeat however the outcome wasn't/isn't as important as the process of fiercely resisting and surviving to tell and spread the story to the next generation so as to inspire them to rise once their turn to fight comes up.  This way the tribe could at least find solace while enduring privation in the knowledge that they would one day eventually win since they knew they would never stop fighting.  

Yes, we may be labeled and branded as troublemakers of some sort, terrorists maybe even, but we're not doing anything wrong, we're not even doing anything violent.  We are trying to make things better using the best ways we have available to us.  We are on the side of social progress and justice!  Why hide?  What kind of message does that send, no message at all really.  At best it perhaps communicates - "do the right thing but don't let anyone know you did it"  Staying anonymous and hiding doesn't encourage anyone else to rise up and resist, which is exactly the state of affairs the authorities seem to prefer.  

Remaining anonymous plays into the hands of the system.  I'm no martyr but I fully intend count my coup and enjoy a long-awaited moment of glory tomorrow!  The fact that many of you would prefer to exercise your rights to stay anonymous rather than earn your rightful places in a proud pan-cultural tradition of resistance only reminds of how perfectly fucked up and backward this system has become, but I wish you all the best regardless.    

In solidarity, 

Harrison Tesoura Schultz



On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 4:03 PM, Drew Hornbein <dhornbein@gmail.com> wrote:
I completely agree with Harrison. The single thing that turns me off to this and other movements is the fetish for anonymity. As much as some of us would like to think, we aren't in a police state yet...


On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 3:51 PM, Harrison Schultz <schuh072@gmail.com> wrote:
Staying anonymous is a really bad idea in my opinion (unless you happen to belong to hacktivist network) especially since we have no plans to do anything illegal.  It'll just make us look more suspicious.  More importantly I don't know how anyone in the NYCGA thinks we'll get more individuals to step forward and join our movement if we ourselves are afraid and unwilling to step forward ourselves and put our faces on this movement and put our asses on the line behind our radical values.  

Everyone's free to do as they please, but I have no intentions of hiding in the shadows for this one...been doing that for waaayyy too damn long now.

In solidarity,

Harrison 


  

On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM, grimwomyn <grimwomyn@gmail.com> wrote:

Yeah facebook is great but it is a closed system, so people who want to be anonymous cannot be since 90% of fb use their real names... all of it together works because then you are able to serve everyone... imho of course :)

On Sep 16, 2011 9:03 AM, "Harrison Schultz" <schuh072@gmail.com> wrote:
> Yeah! especially if you use Twitter and videos together by tweeting the
> video and scoring it more hits, the same can and should be done on FB and
> even on the sites with less reach like Bing and Stumbled upon. I'm
> beginning to feel like we should have been organizing this entire thing on
> facebook since day one precisely of how integrated all of this social media
> stuff is. It'll do a lot of the out reach for us!
>
> Harrison
>
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 1:08 AM, Luis Moreno-Caballud <
> morenocaballud@yahoo.es> wrote:
>
>> Thanks! Great info! Great news! Videos are super-powerful! Also twitter...
>>
>> On Sep 16, 2011, at 12:36 AM, Harrison Schultz wrote:
>>
>> > Hello NYCGA,
>> >
>> > I have encouraging news to report! The number of visits and visitors to
>> occupywallst.org has been skyrocketing!
>> >
>> > The increase began on Tuesday September 6th. Between Sept 5th and 6th
>> there was a...
>> > 191% increase in visits from the New York Region - exactly where we most
>> want to see it,
>> > 165% increase in total visits to the site,
>> > 162% increase in unique individual visitors to the site, and a
>> > 107% increase in returning visits to the site - exactly the kind we want.
>> >
>> > I thought for a moment that the September 5th article about us in the
>> Wall Street Journal may have at least helped driven traffic to the site,
>> however the Wall Street Journal's site didn't drive any visitors to
>> occupywallst.org according to the data.
>> >
>> http://www.marketwatch.com/story/occupy-wall-street-will-lay-siege-to-us-greed-2011-09-06?pagenumber=1
>> >
>> > Due to the fact that the Arts and Culture Committee's trial run video
>> clip, which now has 15,848 hits and 194 likes vs 8 dislikes on YouTube was
>> released on September 6th, it is more than reasonable to conclude that the
>> footage of the action has been a smashing tactical success in terms of
>> improving awareness and positive favorability toward occupywallst.org and
>> therefore of anything and everything that we will begin to do this Saturday
>> the 17th.
>> >
>> > The trend which began on the 6th with this video has in no way slowed
>> down. Between Sept 5th and Sept 15th there has been a...
>> > 679% increase in visits from the New York Region,
>> > 454% increase in returning visitors,
>> > 438% increase in total visits overall, and a
>> > 423% increase in total unique visitors.
>> >
>> > The A&C's clips have been reposted several times over on sites which have
>> been directly driving traffic to occupywallst.org. It has been posted no
>> less than three times on the Facebook event page - on the 8th, 9th, and 11th
>> of September. The Manu Chao spot was posted no less than 4 times on the
>> event page on the 6th and three times on the 7th. Facebook has driven just
>> over 10% of occupywallst.org's traffic. The video was posted several
>> times on Reddit along with a video from the Anonymous Group on September
>> 11th which helped drive about 30% of a big spike we scored on that day.
>> Reddit has been driving about 5% of occupywallst.org's total traffic.
>> >
>> > The take away lesson is that only a few of these clips had a huge impact
>> in terms of spreading the good word. This is by no means the only strategy
>> we should pursue but its perhaps the one we need to most fully explore and
>> utilize. Creativity and digital recorders have proven to be highly
>> effective weapons in this fight. Let's show up armed to the teeth this
>> Saturday!
>> >
>> > In solidarity,
>> >
>> > Harrison Tesoura Schultz
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>>
>>



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