Social Activism or “Slacktivism”

I read an article on Mashable.com and it talked about the term “slacktivism” which can be defined by the Urban Dictionary as “the act of participating in obviously pointless activities as an expedient alternative to actually expending effort to fix a problem.” They are speaking in reference the fact that according to the article:

“the national chapter of the Red Cross, for instance, has 208,500 “likes” on Facebook, more than 200,000 followers on Twitter, and a thriving blog. But according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, online donations accounted for just 3.6% of private donations made to the organization in 2009″.

I agree with the author of the blog in that social media sites are fairly new and the larger sites in terms of members like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were only created  within the last eight years. Recently should sites as YouTube has been an aid to activists who want to raise awareness for a cause, such as the case with  Shawn Ahmed and his successful efforts to raise money for a school in Bangladesh that was devastated by a cyclone. Before his video he could not raise the funds necessary to do more than replace the roof. After over 140,000 YouTube views he raised enough to rebuild the school and get supplies.

I see social media as a tool to get information and awareness for activism and positive social change. This social media explosion could lead to something really big.

Hackers to Attack Facebook?

I recently read on article by Zachary Sniderman, Assistant Features Editor for Mashable.com

Apparently a hacker group that goes by the name of “Anonymous” may do a cyberattack on the social media website Facebook because it does not agree with the sites use of it’s members privacy information. Now this group which uses as one of it’s icon the Guy Fawkes mask made popular by the movie “V for Vendetta”. This group considers themselves “cyber-crusaders” as they seem to target such websites as child pornography sites and banking institution in an attempt to shut them down.

I am all about shutting down smut sites. More power to them. But don’t interfere with my money or my social media sites. I say why don’t these genius hackers use their talents for the good of mankind. Too many of these hackers shut down sites and do harm to people lives, like hacking into someone phone account for instance, which seems to be getting a lot of media attemtion.

You guys have the power to change the world for the better with your  God given abilities. Just like Spider-Man said, “With great power comes great responsibility!”

The original article can be found here.

Anonymous Image

Anonymous Image

How Small Businesses are using Social Media

I came across an article on the website CrowdSpring.com and it had a wonderful graphic on the impact of social media on small businesses.

Here is the original post.

I have posted some of my work online and I plan to incorporate that work to my website. But enough about me…over 46 percent of computer savvy adults are apart of a social media site such as  Facebook or LinkedIn. Those who are knowledgable with social media sites and how they can impact a company’s productivity and customer base are becoming increasingly in high demand.

Here is an image of the graphic:

How Small Businesses are using Social Mediaclick on the image to see a large view.

Social Networking on Mobile Devices Skyrockets

My blog today is commentary on the article I read on the subject of accessing social media websites through mobile devices such as smart phones via applications.

Here is the link the original article:

In a study done in August by comScore, it reports that more than 72 million Americans accessed social networking sites or blogs via their mobile devices in August, a figure that represents a 37% jump from the same time last year. Well, I can certainly believe it, however I’m not part of this figure because I can’t afford one of those iPhones or Androids, but my mother spends much of her time on Facebook by accessing it through her smart phone.

The number user of aps to access social media sites has jumped up but it still hasn’t replaced the browser. Well this means as a graphic designer, I cannot ignore this phenomenon. It looks like smart phones are here to stay and in order to get our selves out there we must adapt. Aps on phone make it easier to get your blog entries, pics, videos, etc. out there in real-time. I personally like to know what’s going on in actress Eliza Dushku’s career. See you at the next Comic-Con!

Actress Eliza Dushku at Comic Con

Actress Eliza Dushku at Comic Con

Hello world!

As someone in their 30s, I come from a generation where I grew up without a computer and the internet was just taking off.

I was one that thought social media was going to cause people as a whole to drift further apart socially. I mean, when you see the commercials and sites about meeting someone online and “find-your-mate.com” or whatever, it seems that you can do everything from the comfort of your own home now,  including  finding a spouse.

Times have definitely changed. But as I’ve become more familiar with social media sites, specifically Facebook, I notice that my family and friends can see photos and messages from me in real time. I believe that is the true advantage. The fact that you can share with everyone. Your online photo album beats the old bound photo albums that you would keep in your home for when the relatives come over. I can post my pics or comments and get their reactions.

On Twitter I can follow my favorite celebrity and have their tweets go to my site or cellphone. I can take a video of myself on a trip and send it to my Facebook account and have everyone enjoy. For example, my fiance’s nephew was in a commercial and it went out to everyone she knows.

I’m reminded of a quote by famous graphic designer Deborah Sussman “…the digital revolution in a certain way has isolated people, even through you can reach the world on the internet, you’re still in a room all by yourself, with no other fantasy than what is on your screen. But there’s a sense that gathering places will become even more important because people will need to be with other people again. The need for physical, tactile presence may be increased by those deprived of hands on experience”.

The new “information age” with it’s advances in digital media will never replace human interaction. If used properly, it can only enhance it.