Am i an environmentalist because I toss my plastic cup into a blue bin?
Do i care about the homeless issue because I give a loonie to someone begging in downtown Toronto?
And if i click on a join button to support a cause does this actual mean anything?
Apparently, if i think it does, than i just might be a slacktivist. What's that you ask? According to our friends at Wikipedia:
"Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts also tend to require little personal effort from the slacktivist."
My first experience of using technology for social campaigning, was my friend Jay's efforts with Greenpeace to 'fax the feds'. And one of the reason I've always loved the Web is its accelerated ability to ignite social causes.
This slacktivism thing has gotten me worried. I'm wondering if rather than having the effect of furthering social change, it's actually doing the opposite. It's allowing people to feel like they are doing something when really, they aren't at all. I'm glad everyone is feeling good, but I'm less glad that they aren't thinking more about doing good.
So that's my thought today, think more about DOING good.
Calling all slacktivists to join me....
ps. should i start a Facebook group???
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