[Noisebridge-discuss] Occupy API structure

Jake jake at spaz.org
Sun Nov 20 00:09:59 UTC 2011


A Guide to the Occupy Wall Street API, Or Why the Nerdiest Way to Think 
About OWS Is So Useful
NOV 16 2011, 4:38 PM ET 110
The most fascinating thing about Occupy Wall Street is the way that the 
protests have spread from Zuccotti Park to real and virtual spaces across 
the globe. Metastatic, the protests have an organizational coherence 
that's surprising for a movement with few actual leaders and almost no 
official institutions. Much of that can be traced to how Occupy Wall 
Street has functioned in catalyzing other protests. Local organizers can 
choose from the menu of options modeled in Zuccotti, and adapt them for 
local use. Occupy Wall Street was designed to be mined and recombined, not 
simply copied.

This idea crystallized for me yesterday when Jonathan Glick, a long-time 
digital journalist, tweeted, "I think #OWS was working better as an API 
than a destination site anyway." If you get the idea, go ahead and skip 
ahead to the documentation below. If you don't get, let me explain why it 
might be the most useful way of thinking about #Occupy.


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