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Bill Maher: These People Are Not the Counterculture. They’re the Culture.


This is a video of Bill Maher humorously criticizing right-wing politicians and the right-wing media for their inaccurate portrayal of the Occupy protesters.

Their portrayal goes something like this: the streets are full of dirty hippies who have no clue what they want.

The truth is this: the highly educated middle class are out in force, with demands that can be addressed simultaneously, by limiting or eliminating corporations’ influence on governments.

h/t Red Green and Blue

Below is a comparison of two newspaper clippings that pretty neatly highly the flagrant inequality at play in America. Thanks to the Later On blog for first posting it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erickson permalink
    10/25/2011 9:45 PM

    The only problem is, there aren’t ENOUGH of the mainstream culture out yet. And sadly, Bill Maher is not counted as mainstream by the mainstream media. Then again, Jon Stewart used to be dismissed as “just a comedian”, so maybe there’s hope!

    • 10/27/2011 1:13 AM

      Some of the most honest commentary I’ve heard has come from comics like Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. Stephen Colbert, too, is incisive in his parody.

      But when I watch mainstream coverage, I’m always dimly aware of axes to grind and fear of stepping on over-sized toes.

    • 06/10/2012 7:37 AM

      , let’s pretend for a snceod that the article actually applies to real estate pros as much as it does to some one looking for a job then I’d still say that Klout is a lousy metric in this sense. It doesn’t measure your reputation, just level of online engagement, and even that is very specific and not general enough to be meaningful. The day Klout score spells out personality traits and has an honesty-meter or some metric like that installed, it may become useful. But as it stands right now, high Klout score simply means you communicate a lot. It does not measure the quality of those communications though or your level of expertise on any given subject.

  2. 10/26/2011 1:49 PM

    Love it. It is so annoying that the media images are always of the guy that dressed us as a clown, or the guy who didn’t brush his hair. Where are the images of the the mom holding her baby, or the union worker with a hard hat or the WWII vetren with a walker. So many who feed into the media are getting a biased opinion on who the occupiers are and what there message is about. I am so sick of hearing “what is the message?” from the media. They are trying to confuse people. The message is clear. The 1% have too much power in government, and they use it to their own financial advantage. Done.

    Love that Maher offers a fresh perspective. :)

    • 10/27/2011 1:19 AM

      I know–it’s sort of ironic that the media’s message is to criticize the Occupy movement’s supposed lack of one. It’s frustrating, too. For now–until, as John said, more the mainstream gets involved–it seems most people are likely to believe whatever the mainstream media repeats over and over. They have a loud voice, and it never gets tired.

      I think the claim that Occupy lacks unified goals is ridiculous. As I’ve said before, you can express them in one sentence: they seek to limit corporate influence on our government and promote economic equality. Sure, they do that by engaging with numerous issues specific to each group’s region. But it’s pretty clear what the Occupations are pushing for.

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