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10/16/2011

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Barahona, Erick

In my interpretation of the comic, the couple experiences a bizarre culture that surrounded the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Bok is simply narrating a possible scenario from the protest. The humor of the strip is placed in the demands that people hold. The signs read, “Free College”, “End Greed”, and “People Not Profits.” People are demanding communist ideals from a capitalist nation. With no official voice, the movement was no more than a sporadic flock of sheep. Bok uses his comic to do his job, allowing us to laugh over our errors. Maybe with a little planning, organization, and evaluation things could have had more similarities to the Boston Tea Party.

The similarity between the Boston Tea Party and the Occupy Movement can be vaguely defined as a revolt against a higher society. Society was fed up with those in higher social standings and attempted to change the system. Colonies boycotted taxes and social media mobilized people around Wall Street. That is where the similarities end, though the differences are astounding. Where one was successful in crafting a new nation, the other was a waste of taxes and energy.

Part of the joke is how naïve the young man is. He is unable to see the couple as part of their movement and is limited to a social barrier where he assumes they are unaffected. He also assumes the couple’s goals that do not align with the crowd’s unrealistic demands. In a way, he is teasing them about their credible demands and not asking for more. Their demands are not to get financial gains but rather to be freed from capitalist rule, “People Not Profit.”

“I don’t want to [occupy] Wall Street… I just want our money back!” the older lady proclaims. By this Bok is implying that even the name of the movement did not imply change but rather a sort of a temporary habitat on Wall Street. The older lady in the comic is demanding something more realistic in comparison to the abstract demands from other younger members. Bok was capable of poking fun at people’s ideals without insulting anyone. He has allowed for people to step back and reconsider how to tackle the situation.

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