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Most of us are painfully aware of this fact and have already adopted the holiday measures the Occupy Movement has advocated:
Supporting the local economy by making purchases from local merchants. This even involves filling our gas tanks at locally-owned gas stations. Buying gifts from local artisans and produce from farmers' markets.
Leaving our credit cards at home because banks make their money from interest and late payments.
Using strictly cash and withdrawing only the amount of money we need. Remember that ATM or debit cards charge merchants 2% to 5%.
If North Americans adopted these few measures, we might actually succeed in cutting into the profits and power of the 1%, but unfortunately the Occupy Movement does not have the means to get this message out. Media in the US is concentrated in the hands of a wealthy few who also own many of the corporations that profit from holiday spending and year-round consumerism. Concentration of media ownership is also the case here in Quebec, where Québecor is king, taking in $4 billion in revenues last year. This corporation alone prints 37 dailies, 7 free commuter papers, 200 community weeklies and its media holdings include the TVA 24-hour news network and the canoe.ca news portal. Together, Québecor media reaches 90% of French-speaking households in this province.It`s no coincidence that Occupy Montreal camped outside the front door of the corporate headquarters.
The likelihood of Canada's media titans Québecor, Shaw, Rogers and Bell carrying the Occupy Movement's media message of buying locally and using strictly cash year-round are pretty slim. That's why the Occupy Movement should be advocating the following fourth and fifth measures:
Read, support and make donations to independent media and share the information via Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
Continue to expand your social media contacts and use targeted hashtags to help get important information out.
For instance you might want to tweet something along these lines:
Kai Nagata writes 3-part series for indy Tyee on Quebecor's hold on Quebec
http://bit.ly/o64hTa #occupy #indymedia
If you don`t have time to comb through left-leaning media, Toronto Star writer and social media maven Antonia Zerbisias or Montrealer Neath Turcot are people worth friending on Facebook.
Here`s a list of indy media outlets. If I`ve forgot one please leave a comment below with the name or link.
Adbusters: Where the Occupy Movement started.
Truth Dig (My favourite!)
General news with a different frame but not independent: Al Jazeera and the Guardian (Great Occupy Wall Street coverage to date.)
A portion of this has been cross-posted at Rover Arts.
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