From James Rainey’s On the Media column: The media have a shaky history of covering protest movements without marginalizing the individuals involved.

The media have a history of getting mass social movements wrong. Some of that is by coldly calculated political intent, especially in these hyper-partisan times, some by the definition-defying nature of giant collectives, especially in their formative moments. Reporters want to know what these large and often-amorphous gatherings mean. Editors and producers want an instant take. And protest organizers crave the attention. They insist on their story being told, even as they’re arguing about just what the story should be.

Photo: An Occupy Wall Street protester in New York on Oct. 10. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images

From James Rainey’s On the Media column: The media have a shaky history of covering protest movements without marginalizing the individuals involved.

The media have a history of getting mass social movements wrong. Some of that is by coldly calculated political intent, especially in these hyper-partisan times, some by the definition-defying nature of giant collectives, especially in their formative moments. Reporters want to know what these large and often-amorphous gatherings mean. Editors and producers want an instant take. And protest organizers crave the attention. They insist on their story being told, even as they’re arguing about just what the story should be.

Photo: An Occupy Wall Street protester in New York on Oct. 10. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP/Getty Images

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