After reading the Soule article about the role shantytowns are playing in protests, particularly those among university-age activists, I did some searching for recent examples. I was amazed by the global reach of “camp out” or “shantytowns” as organized protest around the globe. For example, in the UK: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/07/2013731123059772369.html. Also, most recently, in response to the turmoil in Ukraine: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/ukraine-police-storm-kiev-protest-camp-live-updates.
I was also interested in how different media sources covered the protests. For example, the guardian quotes both security and protestors, which is a solid attempt at serving both sides of the spectrum. Other media outlets, for example, pro-government newspapers who get a majority of their funding from the “powers that be”, portray shantytown protests in a more negative light, making the activists look like hooligans disturbing the peace without cause.