Online Social Activism aka Slacktivism
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?