During our class on Wednesday, we were asked to break off into groups and dabble in the process of creating an activism campaign. We quickly determined a topic and created a hash tag. Clearly, this is barely scratching the surface. During this class I also heard the term “slacktivism” for the very first time.
I feel as though this term is a bit problematic. I am a firm believer that change begins with education and awareness. I know that it is ideal to take this a step further and work towards your cause. That being said, I feel as though sharing information should not be viewed as “slacktivism.” I understand that sometimes by sharing the information people feel vindicated and feel as though they do not need to do anything more. This is when I agree that “slacktivism” exists. I found an interesting article from the Huffington Post called “When Slacktivism Isn’t Enough.” From this article I liked the part where they discuss that slacktivism in instances may be counter-productive.
That being said, I still believe that sharing information and spreading awareness is a vital step to promote activism. I feel as though people should not stop sharing information and using hash tags to create awareness.