20 November 2011

#Occupy as Symbolic Politics

This nice article appears in The New York Times today on what I reluctantly call the "branding" of Occupy Wall Street. This is the second article by Alice Rawsthorn that has caught my attention lately. Here she takes a designer's eye to OWS. While Rawsthorn notes a variety of precedents, she might have focused more on ACT UP not only for having pioneered the LOGO [Your Location Here] style, but for the incisive use of graphics to convey complexity. That said, her analysis is politically useful as a way to both assess symbolic politics and anticipate the emergence of cliche.

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