ECMP 455 · Networked Professional Learning

Take a stand. Lend a Hand… Online

Online Social Activism aka Slacktivism

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Photo Credit: Elijah via Compfight cc

The total reliable, unreliable Urban Dictionary suggests many different definitions for Slactivism. What is it exactly?

“The act of participating in obviously pointless activities as an expedient alternative to actually expending effort to fix a problem.” by 1Spectre4U October 21, 2003

“One of those feel-good internet campaigns that doesn’t actually help anybody or has political impact. It’s your way of pretending to care while sitting on your butt in front of a computer playing. Also used for people who want to get a million people on their page by before bettering themselves or the world instead of just doing it.” by Alexa Gertrude January 12, 2010

Although, people view Social Activism as Slactivism, it can be very effective for the younger generation. Young adults are very involved on the web, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, etc.

When we were instructed to come up with a topic that would be effective for online activism we chose Cyber Bullying. I believe that this could be a very interesting topic that school aged students could complete an activity. What are your ideas? How would you get a school aged group involved with social activism?

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4 thoughts on “Take a stand. Lend a Hand… Online

  1. I really like the image you found! I personally think the first step in a social activism needs to be getting the word out! So even if people only like or share the post it is better than nobody reading about it! I think twitter, Facebook, Instagram and snapchat would be the best way to reach high school students because most of them are always on social media anyways.

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    1. Kylie,
      I completely agree with you that the first goal for social activism is to get the word out. In this day, slactivism can be used to aid social activism. Like you mentioned, using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The key if you do this is to go past just retweeting a Tweet, or sharing a Facebook status.

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  2. Just want to with agreeing with Kylie on the image you found Shaylane, it is actually incredible. The graphic alone is a great conversation starter. I never would have thought that these ‘slacktivism’ campaigns would lead to so much engagement and support considering many times people are simply liking or sharing a post. But then again like Kylie has just said those simple tasks are better that someone not reading/never hearing about a campaign.

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    1. Jordan,
      From personal experience, social media is an easy way to transfer information from person to person. If you think about sharing a post on Facebook and consider the number of shares, likes, comments, etc. it proves how they get past around. From that information they gain on social media, they may be more interested to engage in social activism instead of slactivism.

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