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Clothes Make the Protest

© Jen Sorensen

I’m not sure I buy the argument that people would pay more attention to the Occupy Wall Street protestors if they dressed up in business suits. After all, we seemed to pay plenty of attention to the Teabaggers. And a majority of Americans already agree with the Wall Street protests.



  1. Jeff wrote:

    I’m waiting for conservatives to go after OWS protesters wearing suits for looking “elitist”.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 5:02 am | Permalink
  2. Dan wrote:

    People paid attention to the TEA party because they were on the news every night, portrayed in a positive light, and showed up for the primary elections. Labeling is one of the tools of propaganda, our news media does that very well.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    I caught a story on PBS several years ago about a fellow who was interested to see if the cloths he wore while pan-handling affected how much he’d collect. He first went as a typical down-and-outer in very ragged cloths. Second time, same place, he went as a clean but poor panhandler. Third time, he wore a three piece suit. Each visit was made to the same spot at the same time of the week and day. I’m sorry I don’t remember the ratio, but the amount he collected while wearing a suit greatly exceeded the time he wore decent but not fancy cloths which far exceeded the time he dressed as a truly needy down-and-out sort of guy. Apparently the cloths did matter a great deal to those assessing his message of needing a hand-out.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 11:12 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    Interesting that the signs I’ve seen for OWS are spelled correctly. Other people had the same experience? Maybe I’m just not seeing the ones misspelled like the Tea Partiers.

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink