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October 28, 2011

Don't People Care?

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28 October 2011

I wrote about Occupy at work, but hardly anyone cared...

The Occupy Movement is one of the most talked-about news items in the international world, sparking trends and stories throughout social media. But here in South Africa it would seem that only a handful of people know about it, and even a smaller handful even care.

The movement is aimed at protesting against the inequality of the current monetary system. The 99% - which consist of the majority of people - are overshadowed by 1% of the population. This 1% holds the majority of the wealth of the world, and Occupy wants people to take notice.

I wrote a short article on the movement last week, as a protest was organised outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton. It was a relatively small protest in comparison to, say, the one Julius Malema's followers put on, and the smaller number of protesters certainly reflects the number of people in South Africa who know about what is going on in the world.

Every time I write an article about something important, I hope against hope that it will get some attention. But, it would seem that people are infinitely more concerned about the appearance of Libya dictator Muammar Gadhaffi's body and how sex is actually good for their health than they do about issues that could one day impact them beyond their imaginations. Perhaps they'll take note when the SA government decides to follow Europe and impose austerity measures that would not make the wealthiest bat a single pretty eyelid, or when one of our major tourist attractions is shut down because of protests.

Image attribution: By David Shankbone (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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