The Occupied Times of London

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The Occupied Times of London
Occupied Times of London Logo.jpg
Type Quarterly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Editor The OT Collective
Founded October 26, 2011 (2011-10-26)
Political alignment Autonomist
Language English
Circulation 2000
Official website www.theoccupiedtimes.org

The Occupied Times of London (The OT) is a political newspaper which originated from OccupyLSX in 2011.[1][2][3] Originally produced from the occupations at St. Paul’s and Finsbury Square, the paper includes news, features and interviews.

The OT is a free, non-profit publication without any advertising and was first published on Wednesday 26 October 2011.[4] The newspaper is dedicated to highlighting perceived problems with current global socio-economic practices: "Neoliberalism is bleeding society dry, feeding upon the worst instincts of human nature and destroying the best – the qualities of solidarity, altruism, interrelationship with nature, meaningful work, and respectful coexistence within our families and communities."[5] It is printed by Aldgate Press in London.

The design of the OT incorporates Jonathan Barnbrook's 'Bastard' font, with a signature back-page placard design or slogan in each issue.[6]

History[edit]

The first edition contained twelve pages including a back page which could be used as a banner at the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest. The Occupied Times was produced weekly for the first six issues by a team of volunteers including journalists, photojournalists, designers and cartoonists with features, articles and interviews by well known social and political commentators. A copy of the first issue was requested by the Museum of London and is displayed in their Media History section.

The second edition of The Occupied Times of London was printed and published on 2 November 2011 in a new 'broadsheet' format. On 9 November 2011 the third issue was published to coincide with a Student March in London. The broadsheet format has continued with subsequent issues.

Issue four was published 16 November, on salmon pink newsprint, with a print run of 2000 copies. It was completed and first made available from the new permanent[clarification needed] base for the newspaper at a large marquee located at Finsbury Square, London. The back cover was a satirical reflection the Financial Times Newspaper (which is printed on pink paper), with a backdrop of financial graphs and the heading of 'Financial Crimes'.

The fifth issue was published on 23 November 2011, with a front page picture and story about the occupation of the former UBS bank building in Sun Street, London, by protesters who were using the site to set up a Bank of Ideas.

After issue six, the OT stopped being published weekly, instead coming out roughly every two weeks. Issue seven saw the newspaper increase to sixteen pages, with a further expansion to twenty pages with the publishing of the eighth issue.

As of March 2012, The Occupied Times of London had continued to publish information about the Occupy movement on their official website[7] as well as continuing to publish a print version on a monthly basis.

On 1 April 2012 the paper ran a hoax story claiming the City of London had started plans to break away from London and the UK as an independent state.[8]

On 11 April, The Daily Telegraph ran a story about Damien Hirst's sculpture, 'Hymn', being spray-painted with the word 'Occupy', in which it referenced an article which had appeared in issue twelve of the OT calling Hirst the "Goldman Sachs of the art world."[9]

By June 2012 the OT had become a monthly publication of around 20 pages, with each issue focussing on a primary theme. Themes have included Intellectual Property, Disability, Gender and Education.

In October 2012 the OT celebrated a year in publication with a special anniversary edition. In May 2013 the 21st issue of the paper came out, focusing on Work.

Issues and themes[edit]

  1. 26 October 2011
  2. 2 November 2011
  3. 9 November 2011
  4. 16 November 2011
  5. 23 November 2011
  6. 30 November 2011
  7. 14 December 2011
  8. 4 January 2012
  9. 20 January 2012
  10. 8 February 2012
  11. 1 March 2012
  12. 21 March 2012
  13. May 2012
  14. June 2012
  15. July 2012
  16. August 2012
  17. September 2012
  18. October 2012
  19. January 2013 - Intellectual Property
  20. March 2013 - Gender
  21. May 2013 - Work
  22. August 2013 - "The Right to the City"
  23. November 2013 - Technology
  24. March 2014 - "The Politics of Madness"

Contributors[edit]

Despite paying no fees, The Occupied Times has published and interviewed some well-known writers and artists, including V for Vendetta creator Alan Moore, Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, comedian Stewart Lee, journalist and writer Melissa Benn, author of The Threat to Reason. The publication has featured interviews with Noam Chomsky, McKenzie Wark, John Holloway, Mark Fisher and Michael Hardt.

Other contributors include the former Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank, Herman Daly, sociologist and writer Todd Gitlin, and author Nicholas Shaxson.

Alongside these, a host of younger UK based writers have contributed to the paper, including Owen Jones, Adam Ramsay, Dan Hind and Tim Gee.

Design[edit]

The Occupied Times design aesthetic differs from traditional newspapers and other occupied publications. Designer Tzortzis Rallis told Dazed & Confused "We use a typeface called Bastard designed by Jonathan Barnbrook. It’s reminiscent of the typefaces used by banks and companies during fascist times. He wanted to create a typeface that no one in the corporate sector would use to advertise. It was playful – Barnbrook was challenging people to use it."

The Bastard font, along with the back-page placard designs have become signatures of the publication, with the Creative Review design blog praising the paper's use of fonts "As we reported in October, the designers made use of two distinct typefaces in the paper: Bastard, by Jon Barnbrook, and PF Din Mono, designed by Athens studio, Parachute. The former, provocative in its charged references to Blackletter; the latter the accepted typeface of many mainstream corporations, businesses and banks. Sitting the two together – in fact, placing single letters set in Bastard 'within' the Din typeface for headlines – chimed cleverly with the 'occupying' metaphor."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Paul's protesters publish newspaper". Press Gazette. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Protesters Launch The Occupied Times Of London Newspaper". PSFK. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Occupy London startet eigene Zeitung". Werben & Verkaufen. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Occupy London: The First Edition Of The Occupied Times Hits The Presses." The Huffington Post (United Kingdom). Accessed November 2011.
  5. ^ Editorial, 'Occupied Times, May 2012
  6. ^ Owen, Paul (23 January 2012). "The Guardian". London: guardian.co.uk (Official website). Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Occupied Times of London". Theoccupiedtimes.org (Official website). Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Occupied Times of London". Theoccupiedtimes.org (Official website). Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Daily Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk (Official website). 11 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 

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