Conor Friedersdorf, a staff writer at The Atlantic, was surprised to see a line he had written resurface on a protest sign and chanted by complete strangers at an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. In this video by John Grace, you can see a crowd chanting the line in unison:
It's wrong to create a mortgage-backed security filled with loans you know are going to fail so that you can sell it to a client who isn't aware that you sabotaged it by intentionally picking the misleadingly rated loans most likely to be defaulted upon ...
My words on a sign in New York City, where they were photographed by Ben Furnas, who I bizarrely happen to know, and who presumably didn't know I was their author; he posted the image on his Twitter feed, where it was discovered by Xeni Jardin, a writer at BoingBoing, who then posted the photographunder the headline "#OccupyWallStreet Sign of the Day: It's Wrong."
But I didn't see it on Ben's Twitter feed, though I follow him, or on BoingBoing, though I'm a regular reader. I'd have missed it entirely but for one of my Twitter followers, who wrote, "@conor64 Did you see that a quote from your article made it onto a protest sign?"
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