Let Pong Explain the Occupy Wall Street Movement to you

Maybe you don't quite know what all the Occupy Wall Street fuss is about. May you don't care. The MK12 creative collective does, though, and they've used the Atari classic Pong to illustrate the basic philosophy of the social protest movement. The changes happen slowly at first in the video. Things seem evenly matched, even if one side keeps on winning. Then, you look up and the financial and institutional unfairness that the Occupy movement is protesting is made manifest in the giant size of the right paddle. You can probably figure out the rest.


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A far better metaphor would be showing a young gamer insisting on jumping into a vast and extremely complex online game without bothering to read the manual and then throwing a tantrum when finding they cannot get any advantage over the insiders who shaped the rules to their liking and frequently create new, intricate scenarios that turn out to be nonsense where players run around pursuing riches that don't exist.

I have little doubt of the voting history of the typical OWs particpant. It's amazing that they've failed to notice the same lawmakers they favor are the ones most deeply in the pockets of the financial industry.

Rather than ancient gaming, a better historical allusion is the bit from Woodstock where the crowd is encouraged, "If we all think hard enough, we can make it stop raining." The rain was unimpressed and continued to soak the audience. This is the mentality I'm seeing from the OWS crowd. In some cases literally, as the participants appear to be gathered more for nostalgia of a fantasy interpretation of events decades ago than to achieve any coherent goal.

Try reading Michael Lewis' 'The Big Short.' Then maybe you can have a more useful idea of what needs to change, rather than trotting out the same old tired Marxist nonsense and whining about about student loan debt incurred for useless skill sets.