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You see a revolution. Others see a marketing opportunity.

Occupy Wall Street started 37 days ago as a protest against Wall Street greed. Now it’s a tourist trap, complete with souvenir vendors.

I’ve been walking through Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza nearly every day since September 17. For a while, I saw almost no one panhandling or selling anything. But this weekend things took a predictable turn. The park’s most conspicuous spots were overrun by people selling knickknacks or soliciting donations for dubious causes, such as buying a tent. Take a look:

Occupy Wall Street Button Vendor

Occupy Wall Street Button Vendor

Occupy Wall Street Button Vendor

Occupy Wall Street Button Vendor

Occupy Wall Street Donations

Occupy Wall Street Donations

Occupy Wall Street Donations Bucket

Occupy Wall Street Donations

Occupy Wall Street Donations

Occupy Wall Street Donations

Is this the movement’s ultimate destination? Shameless commercialization? Morphing into a combination jam band parking lot/flea market/tourist trap? I hope not.

All photos shot October 23, 2011 in Zuccotti Park.

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— By Daryl Lang. Filed under Marketing, News & Journalism, Politics, Wide

One comment

  1. kira says:

    Jobless, protesting a corrupt government and corporations and the oligarchy holding our funds in a headlock, and you think asking for donations or trying to raise money to fund tents, food, things to do while we protest against something that EVERYONE WITH A HEART AND/OR BRAINS should be protesting against is BAD?

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