October 26, 2011
Occupy Oakland: Headbashing and Kittens
Maybe the question is: what’s occupying the media?
I don’t think I need to say a whole lot about this juxtaposition from Tuesday’s hammer-fisted de-Occupation in Oakland except to say this is an excruciating example of what happens when the media’s worst “human interest” instincts meet the highest and grittiest calling of the Fourth Estate meets the tug of the corporate state (to the extent news functions all-too-well as cultural anesthesia).
The screen shot comes from a photo gallery at the Oakland Tribune. The snapshot below it, from a post at Washington City Paper (“Oakland Police Love Kittens, Teargas“) is a snapshot of page 3 of the Washington Post. Notice, by the way, how the caption, as it emulsifies with the photo and directs a blast of humanity toward the Oakland PD, is a forceful FU to Occupy across-the-board.
(Here, by the way, is the photo from Oakland that I almost used.)