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Occupy Earth

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 — The movement began, quite brilliantly, as an occupation of one location: the seat of power — Wall Street. By striking at the root of the problem, it changed the global topic of conversation in just two months. Unlike the collapse of the global Ponzi scheme, no one could have predicted that.

The question now is how to proceed.

We propose the continuation and expansion of the occupation, by means of Inescapable Newspapers. Allow us to briefly explain.
(Again. See previous discussions of this idea here, here, here, and here.)

Information that Shimmers

If you were to ask a fish what is the most important thing in the world, the last thing it would think of would be water.

We humans swim in a sea of information; in fact we’re drowning in it. Ninety-nine percent of it is propaganda designed to induce us to either buy something, like a car that will get us laid, or buy into something, like the concept that our nation/state is superior to all others.

On a subconscious level we know most of that information is crap, and so we ignore it as much as possible.

If we have not become completely numb, the one percent of information that is actually relevant to our lives tends to shimmer just a little bit.

Occupy Wall Street succeeded because it shimmered like crazy.

Inescapable Newspapers

We propose to make shimmering information ubiquitous and inescapable. This can be easily done by the use of a long-established technology: newspapers.

Creating newspapers is easier than most people think. All that is required is a small number of people with technical skills, and a somewhat larger body of people with editorial skills.

The real challenge is distribution — making a newspaper so ubiquitous that it becomes inescapable.

It’s only challenging because it’s never been done — but it could be. All that is required is a very large number of people with an hour to spare each time a paper is published, and an online distribution management system that could probably be assembled in a week.

Free publications are ubiquitous in American culture. Indeed, they are inescapable. Just because most of them are full of crap is no reason not to create one that shimmers.


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