I know that whenever I see someone on my Facebook feed try to spark public interest or involvement through sharing photos and other things, all I can think is “Oh my good God, you are such a tosser… no one cares!”
I guess part of my distaste for these ‘social media activists’ or ‘slacktivists’, is that in many cases it’s for personal gain. More likes, more followers… mo problems?
“LIKE THIS PICTURE IF YOU WANT TO HELP THEM” or “PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, LET’S GET THIS PHOTO TO 1 MILLION LIKES” or the ever great “SHARE IF YOU LOVE JESUS, KEEP SCROLLING IF YOU WORSHIP SATAN”
Really? You can’t be serious.
But I suppose that is the reality for these people when they live in places where war and human rights atrocities aren’t issues for them.
In my eyes, social media has become one of humanity’s greatest assets. We are globally connected at every moment of the day. With this interconnectedness on a grand scale, we have seen social media utilised for activism that has brought about real change. Real-time conversations are being had by like-minded people across the globe. Those who were once on the periphery of social change can join the conversation, and be heard. We saw this with the #ArabSpring, and #OccupyWallStreet movements being spread and organised at incredible speed across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
But I suppose the point I’m trying to make about this ‘social media activism’ is that it all means nothing without action. It’s all very well for you to take interest, but without serious and substantial action, it does very little.
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