Indonesian Cyberactivists and #OccupyWallStreet

November 8, 2011 - #OccupyWallStreet / activism / cyberactivism / cyberculture / cyberenvironmental activism / Indonesia / Occupy Movement

On October 17th, 2011 Anita Rachman of the Jakarta Globe published an article with the headline “Occupy Jakarta? We Might if We Knew We Were Being Invited.” In the article, Rachman suggests that the lack of events organized by a Facebook group called “Occupy Jakarta” demonstrates there is no “real” Occupy movement in Jakarta. Writing about #OccupyWallStreet (OWS) one week later, David Harvey referred to the occupation of Tahrir Square in Egypt as proof that “it is bodies on the street and in the squares not the babble of sentiments on Twitter or Facebook that really matter.” What “really matters” for Rachman and Harvey is which space the occupiers occupy. For them physical space matters, cyberspace does not. But what “matters” to participants in the Occupy movement? And what constitutes an occupation for them?