Social media has had a huge impact on Generation Y. Everything we do involves tweeting, facebooking, being linkedin, or plussing something on Google.
Social media has also contributed to significant events over the past few years; suicide victims saved because of tweets sent, the public made aware of the Bin Laden raid because a man explained what he saw in realtime on Twitter, and more. Now, the social media revolution has captured the United States. More specifically, Wall Street.
#OccupyWallStreet has been going on since September 17 – essentially a protest, mostly from young people, against the large banks that have caused so many foreclosures, and are still rolling in money. It was promoted through social media. Gen Y is sick of seeing their parents suffer, is sick of being treated as profits instead of people, and they have decided to do something about it.
The protest is by no means a large gathering; a couple hundred people every day go to Wall Street or a nearby park and protest. (Or do yoga.) Several arrests have been made for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and in one instance, assault on a police officer.
But this says something bigger about social media. Generation Y is finally taking a stand; Michael Moore seems to think this protest is one that will roll out through the entire country, and in time, there will be many more fighting than just a couple hundred on Wall Street.
Does this protest have the potential to reach the volume of the recent, not so publicized, protests in Madison, Wisconsin? Is Generation Y finally going to take the lead and say enough is enough? Is it time to rise against the powerful, profitable banks of America and say that we will no longer put up with these atrocious actions?