It’s been a while since my last post and that’s due to the fact I was on Spring Break. Where did I go? Well physically, I stayed in Fargo-Moorhead (where I go to college). But technologically, I went back to the days before we went on the web daily- if not hourly. It felt good to not be a slave to the social society we’ve become. It also feels good now to catch up on things that I missed over the break though.
One of the things I talked about in my last post was the KONY 2012 video. Recently there have been some developments that I just wanted to let any of you followers know about. It was reported last week that the creator of the video, Jason Russell was arrested for being nude in public.
Also, George Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy on Friday. This was after he spent some time in Sudan and in front of Congress trying to get them to do something about it. Clooney has a history of social activism and this story went viral within a day of him being arrested. This is just one current example of how celebrities try to raise awareness. The KONY 2012 video is an example of how an entertaining video can raise awareness.
But awareness doesn’t mean action. Although raising awareness is a good thing, I would argue that it is easier than actually doing anything good. This is where the term “slacktivism” comes into play. Slacker and activism are the two words that combine here. This sort of activism requires that minimal effort be put forth by people wanting to contribute a change to something. I’m not saying slacktivism is a bad thing, I’m simply saying that it is the easy way to raise awareness.
I guess I took the easy route here by just raising awareness and not actually doing anything either. What a slacktivist I am.
Random thought of the day:
Since when did George Clooney start looking like the ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’?