Parsing the Data and Ideology of the We Are 99% Tumblr


Tue, Oct 11th, 2011 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Mike, from Rortybomb, decided to have a script go through all the postings of the We Are the 99% Tumblr Blog and get a better empirical understanding of what people's concerns were.

His entry makes for quite an interesting read:

The people in the tumblr aren't demanding to bring democracy into the workplace via large-scale unionization, much less shorter work days and more pay. They aren't talking the language of mid-twentieth century liberalism, where everyone puts on blindfolds and cuts slices of pie to share. The 99% looks too beaten down to demand anything as grand as "fairness" in their distribution of the economy. There's no calls for some sort of post-industrial personal fulfillment in their labor -- very few even invoke the idea that a job should "mean something." It's straight out of antiquity - free us from the bondage of our debts and give us a basic ability to survive.



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