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SLACKER!!! Yep I’m talking to YOU

I found Nora Young’s interview with Evgeny Morozov on online activism or “slacktivism” very interesting. I believe that it is a perfect reflection of today’s society where the average person is very complacent and does not have the attention span to understand the problem or the drive to fully fight it. Our generation is full of “slackers” that think change in the world is a natural progression that does not have to be fought for. Unfortunately I admit to being one of them.

 I think this is a generational issues and not the fault of social media. If anything social media helps more people learn about the. It is not technologies fault that society has little drive to do anything more than type their name to the cause. Social media also allows interest groups to form quickly and communicate on action plans.

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May 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. I also found the interview very interesting. I do believe social media is a great (and inexpensive) tool for enacting change and mobilizing people to work together for various causes. However, in some ways I think that the advent of social media has given us yet another excuse to avoid taking responsibility for our individual actions. We can become so busy making virtual comments about the way the world should be, that we forget to actually do something about it. I think Ghandi had something when he said, “BE the change you want to see in the world.” Not just- talk, think, complain, or dream about it.
    Social media is where the activity starts, but society is where the actions happen.

    Comment by sarahjanemac | May 25, 2009 | Reply


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