Protesters on Wall Street are beginning to get more media attention. But will this spark the country-wide economic debate they desire?

Back in 2003, many millennials had their first taste of social activism and the unfairness of the political system taking part in the mass rallies to keep the US from going to war with Iraq. “No blood for oil” was the battle cry, but beneath it was the simmering thought “what if our leadership isn’t really acting in our best interests?” Fast forward a decade, and many of those same protesters might be tempted to say “now we know for sure they weren’t,” as a generation searches for jobs and meaning in a society that superficially seems to have no place for them. While the young, the educated (and in many cases the formerly privileged), and the newly disenfranchised are some of the more vocal dissenters in this sub-revolution taking place across the web, they represent a growing sentiment among the youth of all socio-economic backgrounds that this wasn’t supposed to happen–and that something needs to be done about it. While obviously, many other groups are suffering as a result of the recession, it’s often been the young, the idealistic and the passionate that have helped steer our society towards change. Whether it was the protesters of the 60’s or today’s Twitter-fueled Arab Spring, the sentiments of the young and engaged function as a relatively accurate litmus test of what society as a whole is mostly likely moving towards.

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