So, I know that this couldn't possibly maintain the "no politics" rule, but since there was a thread about the London riots I thought maybe this one could work, or at least be narrowed enough to at least try and avoid it turning into a total shit show. Focus: Occupy Wall Street. It's turning into a big deal, and there are tons of different talking points to discuss. These are just a few off the top of my head: Do you think this is an effective method in creating change? Could this be the huge movement of protest of this era to really stir things up? What do you think is working, and what are your criticisms? Is this a huge symbol of "the entitlement generation" complaining about having student loans and moving back home, or is it the symbol of the breaking point that's politicizing the generation that's largely criticized for being apathetic? In the wake of random pepper spraying and the confusing and controversial story of rounding up and arresting 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge, what are your thoughts on how the police are handling the situation? Are they keeping the peace, fairly bringing criminals to justice, or stepping out of line? What about the media coverage of the protests? One of the things that struck me most is that I didn't hear a damn thing about it from anywhere until the aforementioned pepper spraying and 700 arrests, when the media kind of had to start covering it. An interesting opinion I read was that they were ignoring it since they were still owned and essentially controlled by the very people/companies/ideals that the protests were rallying against - does that hold any merit? What does that say about our media these days? How about the hilarious hypocrisy of the right supporting the Tea Party protests as examples of what it means to be a True American, while slamming the Wall Street protesters as anti-American, freedom-hating Nazis? Have at it.