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Making Our World

The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context

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Edited By Jeremy Hunsinger and Andrew Schrock

Making Our World: The Hacker and Maker Movements in Context describes and situates the political, historical, national, and organizational elements of hacking and making. Hackers and makers are often mythologized, leading to people misunderstanding them as folk heroes for the modern age. In response, this book describes and critiques these movements from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to help readers appreciate their worldwide scope and highly localized interpretations. Making Our World is essential reading for students and scholars of technology and society, particularly those interested in social movements and DIY cultures.

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11. Making Space for a Revolution: Occupy Wall Street as a Maker Movement (Alison E. Vogelaar / Charlotte M. McKernan)

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11. Making Space for a Revolution: Occupy Wall Street as a Maker Movement

ALISON E. VOGELAAR

Franklin University Switzerland

CHARLOTTE M. MCKERNAN

University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning

What history makes of Operation Occupy Wall Street is yet to be told. Much of its material and symbolic effect will be the product what we—scholars, teachers, and advocates—make of it. Indeed, much has already been made of Operation Occupy Wall Street. The so-called movement has enchanted, perplexed and disappointed popular, political and academic commentators alike. Critical inquiry has tended to focus upon the movement’s utilization of digital and/or social media1; its use of retro and novel protest forms2; its diverse and complex politics3; and/or its connection to other protest movements across the globe4. This essay weaves these diverse threads together, spinning OWS alternately as an important contributor to the contemporary maker movement. We believe that the protest that began at Zuccotti Park became a legitimate contender in the discursive battle against contemporary neo-liberal capitalism not so much because of the content of its assertions (e.g. the 99% versus the 1%) but because of the maker practices through which these assertions were made possible.

A Movement in the Making: The Contemporary Maker Movement

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