Occupy Wall Street Leader Charges 5K To Lecture On Evils Of Capitalism
This is an email from Malcolm Harris’ agent to the Occupy Redlands coordinator:
From: Rxxxxxl Rxxxxx <…@thelavinagency.com>
Date: October 25, 2011 1:04:42 PM PDT
Subject: Malcolm Harris
It was great chatting with you yesterday! Here’s the write up on Malcolm Harris:
Malcolm Harris is one of the most talked about young writers today. He has been on the vanguard of the #occupywallstreet movement well before day one of the Zuccotti part encampment began. His social media savvy and tactics flips the equation when it comes to the so-called influence of media on the youth. With Malcolm Harris at the helm, we are witnessing a new media movement where it’s the youth that’s influencing– and manipulating– the mainstream media to enact what has become a global uprising of youth demanding the change that was promised to them in 2008.
As an editor at Sharable.net, Harris brought politically savvy coverage of the protest movements in Spain and Greece to the attention of the young digerati who would eventually work alongside Harris in New York City to facilitate the first planning meeting for #occupywallstreet. In the intervening months, Harris has earned the reputation he has today as the Naomi Klein of the 21st century, with his instant-classic article, “Bad Education,” (http://nplusonemag.com/bad-education) which went viral in April of 2011 and remains the most cited article on the student debt crisis today (listen to Harris debate the issue on NPR here: http://www.wnyc.org/people/malcolm-harris/).
Once the occupation was underway, Harris’ article in the Jacobin Magazine, “Occupied Wall Street: Some Tactical Thoughts” (http://jacobinmag.com/blog/?p=1663 ) spelled out a strategy that has since helped to give the movement the force and coherence it needed to self-sustain, even without the benefit of mainstream media attention. The turning point, however, was when Harris and a group of his collaborators posed as Radiohead’s manager, notified the media the band would play Zuccotti park, and caused tens of thousands of youths– as well as news cameras and big media attention– to turn out. Read Harris’ reflections on the tactic here: http://gothamist.com/2011/10/02/alleged_radiohead_imposter_hoax_was.php
Harris’ forthcoming book, (title TBD) is about the student debt crisis, global uprising, new media and #occupywallstreet (title TBD) and he acted as editor of the book, Share or Die: Youth in Recession: http://shareable.net/share-or-die/contents
He speaks for $5,000, not including travel and accommodations. Let me know if you have any futher questions.
The Lavin Agency
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