Occupy Wall Street’s Final Implosion

But the Twitter feed has become a serious issue among Occupy Wall Street’s participants, most of whom have moved on to other causes. It has reopened old wounds dating back from before the occupation of the park, and raised awkward questions about how the movement failed and what it meant in the first place. Tunney has even become the target of a Change.org petition asking her to relinquish management of OccupyWallSt.org’s blog.

The Twitter feed “devolved into irrelevance, like so many others. I haven’t tweeted on it in months since I was summarily excommunicated by Justine,” said Shawn Carrié (whose real last name is Schrader), a New York-based activist who was once heavily involved in the movement.

“We always knew she was trouble, I should’ve taken it away when I had the password,” Carrié said.

“It needs to implode,” Carrié said of Occupy. “It needs to die so something new can be born.”

There is some disagreement over whether the @OccupyWallSt hijacking is indicative of a larger problem, or just an issue with one person.

“This moment indicates with the highest clarity how absolutely dead the Occupy Movement is,” Carrié tweeted earlier on Friday to a former fellow activist who goes by the name of Dicey Troop.

“Yes, but it’s justine’s actions that illustrate that. not the people being like ‘why are you taking our movement from us?’” Troop responded.

Tunney’s been active on her personal Twitter feed, as well, where she’s been directly interacting with some of her targets.

“How about a little solidarity,” she tweeted at Wedes, who called Tunney’s commandeering of the @OccupyWallSt account an “insurrection.”

“What’s your vision? If you want, send a statement I’ll read it to #TweetBoat on conf call tonight. We’ll craft response,” Wedes said.

“Also what do you mean by ‘response’? Are we rival political factions now, or something?” Tunney said.

Tunney did not immediately return a request for comment.


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