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The growing phenomenon of “gripe sites” that skewer Bank of America, Starbucks, and other corporations

A Fight Back Emerges

Inching beyond single-issue protests, messages that strike at the very heart of corporate capitalism are penetrating popular culture. Witness, for example, Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: A Love Story, or the saga of Californian Ann “Rockerchic” Minch, who launched a debtor’s revolt this year when she posted a video on You Tube that railed against Bank of America for hiking her credit card interest rate.

After publicly referring to bank executives as “evil, thieving bastards,” Minch won a reduction in her interest rate. Minch’s You Tube uprising, which has received hundreds of thousands of views and inspired other anti-bank videos, could be the first shot of what the new activist calls “The American Debtor’s Revolution.” To keep the movement going, Minch maintains a website and posts follow-up videos.

Broadly, Minch’s Internet war against the big banks is part of the growing phenomenon of “gripe sites” that skewer Bank of America, Starbucks, and other corporations.

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