What differentiates ‘Activism’ from ‘Slacktivism’?
In modern society, social networking has made everything in our lives so much more convenient through the internet. This is also with regards to Social Activism. Now, don’t get me wrong..being passionate and enthusiastic about a cause is great. But does sitting there contributing to society behind the computer screens actually make a difference? Perhaps it does. It doesn’t take much to get out there and take part in a non-violent protest, gathering or an intervention in order to make an impact and creating a difference. Spreading that awareness is great nonetheless but we need to start doing more than just sitting there and making contributions to sites like www.avaaz.org and http://globalvoicesonline.org/ or even sharing posts on Facebook.
Digital Activism has been integrated into a large part of our youths that makes spreading awareness much more swift and precise. It encourages people to start making a change in their lives no matter how minuscule or insignificant it may seem. Even in Singapore, where they are so afraid of their own government due to the strict laws and regulations, people have taken a stand and are beginning to occupy places like Hong Lim Park to protest and project their views and opinions to the public and the not so tolerant government.
A group of not-so-happy Singaporeans and their concerns about the government.
So you see, while the world as it is, desperately needs change..we as human beings have to make a stand, voice out our opinions and help out in whatever way possible. Whilst making the habit to get out there and attend a protest, I hope that you guys continue to spread awareness and keep the energy flowing.
Remember, Love is the key.
Written by Yoji Amashiro