In honor of Occupy Wall Street, I’m buying a Kindle today. I will go to Staples on my lunch hour and pick one, then buy it on Amazon. (I have gift cards. I can wait two days to get it.)
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, whose anti-greed message spread worldwide during an eight-week encampment in Lower Manhattan last year, plan marches across the globe today calling attention to what they say are abuses of power and wealth.
Organizers say they hope the coordinated events will mark a spring resurgence of the movement after a quiet winter. Calls for a general strike with no work, no school, no banking and no shopping have sprung up on websites in Toronto, Barcelona, London, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, among hundreds of cities in North America, Europe and Asia.
In New York, Occupy Wall Street will join scores of labor organizations observing May 1, traditionally recognized as International Workers’ Day. They plan marches from Union Square to Lower Manhattan and a “pop-up occupation” of Bryant Park on Sixth Avenue, across the street from Bank of America’s Corp.’s 55-story tower.
Just think of how many corporate evils I can roll into one: Amazon is a big corporation, publishers are fruitlessly claiming it’s a monopoly, the Kindle and e-publishing are destroying brick-and-mortar bookstores (never mind that Barnes & Noble and Borders destroyed the independent booksellers years ago and publishers didn’t give a crap), and, well, that’s all I can think of for now. Feel free to join in. What are you buying today?