Arresting Image? Is This an Emerging Frame?


This image, created by the critical adbusters magazine and organization, helped spark the Occupy Wall Street group.  Aesthetically, I find it beautiful and alluring.  As a piece of protest, I am unsure what it conveys.  Is there a frame here?  The OWS folks make various claims including that they are part of a global movement from Tunisia, Cairo, Greece, and Spain to here.  You here the “other 99%” also.  Are these attempts at establishing a master frame like della Porta et al talked about in Globalization from Below?  If so, what is the frame about?

Click to LInk to supposed blog post that started it all.

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About Jordi

I am an assistant professor in the Management School at Bucknell University. I specialize in organization theory, social networks, and studying the network society. I have three children, including twins. They love bouncing on the couch, legos, music, and my waffles. My wife teaches English at the same university. I am interested in most things, but these days, networks, social entrepreneurs, the environment, innovation, and virtual worlds. Finding Hidden Abodes and Shaking Iron Cages since 1972
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6 Responses to Arresting Image? Is This an Emerging Frame?

  1. Sam says:

    1) I love Adbusters.
    2) I’d say the meta-frame is discontent. Catchall malaise. That lets the end the Fed guy and the climate guy and the broke no options guy all sit together.

  2. JWitty says:

    I literally just showed this image to Chris, who’s currently sitting next to me. This image is visually stunning, and certainly intriguing, but I’m not sure it has an actual meaning. The only part I could attempt to dissect would be the bull, which could either represent bullish markets/stocks or Merrill Lynch, whose logo is in fact a bull. The ballerina throws me off. I don’t really understand what it represents, nor why she’s dancing on top of the bull

    • Jordi says:

      Do you see the police in the background? And the smoke? Does it invoke conflict? Is she a symbol of the beauty of human art and culture “taking a stand” on yes, the symbol of financial markets?

  3. awhigbee says:

    I agree that this image is challenging to analyze. I do not really know what they are asking for in the image and although I understand the symbol of the bull and the smoke and gas masks, the ballerina does not resonate with me. Is it supposed to symbolize the nonviolence that the protesters are trying to evoke?

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