Occupy Wall Street protesters use Pastebin to organize, share information

The New York Times

Pastebin is a site for programmers to paste snippets of code that may be useful to others, but people are using it to quickly and anonymously post information related to the Wall Street protests, such as the identities of police officers who have used force, email addresses of bank execs, or advice on how to spot an undercover officer. "Pastebin has become the de facto open-source bible of the protests. In a fashion, it is offering direct, anonymous 'publishing' that does not even require the efforts or inspection of a group like WikiLeaks," writes Noam Cohen. He likens Pastebin to "the empty space on a phone-booth wall or at a community center, where you can anonymously tack up an announcement, or write someone else’s phone number along with a crude description, or offer your first try at a manifesto."

Unofficial media: "The Occupied Wall Street Journal is not the 'official' newspaper of the protest because nothing is official in the world of Occupy Wall Street." (The New York Times) || Official media: Want to cover Occupy Wall Street without being arrested? Better have an NYPD press credential || Power of the crowd: Coverage of protests reveals "the same sort of groupthink which kept leading business reporters from uncovering the dangerous financial practices which brought on our current recession" (St. Petersburg Times) || Purpose of protests is not in the eye of the beholder: “It is difficult to comprehend a 21st century movement from the perspective of the 20th century politics, media, and economics in which we are still steeped,” writes Douglas Rushkoff (CNN.com) || Going gonzo: American Spectator editor Patrick Howley helped instigate a demonstration that caused National Air & Space Museum to close on Saturday (The Washington Post)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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