5th December 2011: OWS/Free Agent Nation

George Packer’s New Yorker profile of unemployed activist Ray Kachel at New York’s Zuccotti Park has an unexplored sub-current. Kachel grew up as a freelance video editor and web developer during the 1995-2000 dotcom boom and during the Free Agent Nation era that Daniel H. Pink conceived for Fast Company Magazine. The deeper roots of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) perhaps lie in how the deflated dotcom bubble affected this group of entrepreneurs. Here’s what I wrote for Disinformation when the dotcom crash occurred in April 2000: Dot.com Disaster: The New E-Poor. Over a decade later, the lessons of the dotcom period have helped turn OWS into an effective meme in US domestic politics for the income inequality debate.