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.

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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.

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