Before the tents, the pepper spray, the evictions and all of those internet memes, occupy wall street was a desperate group of activists roaming around lower Manhattan. They felt cheated that American politics had become so bloated with corporate money that something had to give.
The initial plan to physically occupy wall street itself on September 17th came from the magazine AdBusters. This movement was more about word of mouth and a lot of this had to do with the fact that the vigilante hacktivist group known as “Anonymous” backed the movement early on. The movement was now filled with hackers, live streamers and advocates for ope source technology, they seemed determined to use their skills and tools to help the cause.
This is Vice’s Motherboard documentary on Occupy Wall Street, hacktivism, and the individuals who were trying to help build a distributed network for the Occupy movement and beyond.