Source: Fox Business
A Wall Street broker stood up at a midtown Manhattan social media conference focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement and rushed toward a journalist at the front of the room who had been filming it.
Jabbing his finger into the reporter’s face, the banker said the man with a smartphone had no right to film him — even though it was a public event.
“To me, Occupy Wall Street is about Wall Street elites wanting to control information, control the information flow.”
– TJ Walker, author of ‘Occupy Wall Street Message: Bust Up The Big Banks’
It wasn’t long before things got ugly. A fight nearly broke out and obscenities were exchanged.
The event’s organizers couldn’t have staged a more appropriate incident to serve as a microcosm for one of the points they were trying to make: that social media is playing a vital role in spreading the message of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and some people – bankers, for instance, especially those who feel like scapegoats – don’t like it.
The implications of the scuffle weren’t lost on a panel member.
“Is there a little bit of irony here?” said TJ Walker of Media Training Worldwide, who was hosting the gathering. Walker has written an e-book about the protests called ‘Occupy Wall Street Message: Bust Up The Big Banks.’
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