Thought Catalog has released my new e-book just in time for Occupy’s two year anniversary! You can pick up Authentic Occupy from Amazon or iBooks for less than the cost of a latte! From the book description:
Everything you know about Occupy Wall Street is wrong. The criticisms you heard the media repeat over and over again—”the protesters don’t know what they want!,” “why don’t they just rally around a leader?”—come from a fundamental misunderstanding of who the occupiers were and what they sought to accomplish. In this lively mix of memoir and analysis, writer-activist Travis Mushett takes you inside Occupy and demystifies a movement that was difficult for even its supporters to get a handle on. Pushing past the bromides, Mushett locates the source of this confusion.
We’ve come to expect that our politics will be mediated by slick advertisements, corporate cash, and elected officials who may or may not represent our interests, but Occupy Wall Street embodied something different, something highly unusual in postmodern America: a politics of authenticity.
Sounds interesting, you’re thinking, but what do smart people who’ve read it have to say?
“In this sprightly, insouciant, and deft account, Travis Mushett conveys the life of Occupy Wall Street—not what it was supposed to be, but what it was. A delicious read.”
– Todd Gitlin, author of Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street
“Travis Mushett takes an intriguing look at cutting-edge media theory through the lens of his experiences with Occupy Wall Street. Engagingly written, with an eye for detail and the telling anecdote, this is a great read for occupiers and media types alike.”
– Nicholas Mirzoeff, author of The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality
If you’re still not sold, check out the Thought Catalog piece I wrote about Occupy’s 2nd anniversary. And if after that you decide you still don’t want to read Authentic Occupy, then, well, I guess that’s something we’ll both have to live with. (Seriously, though: it’s $3.99 on iBooks and $3.19 on Amazon. A steal!)