Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Slack-tivists All

People who click "like" on Facebook to show support for a cause are slacktivists, you on the other hand with your "Support Our Troops" bumper sticker, breast cancer ribboned fleece and poppy laden dashboard are not.

Slacktivism is a pejorative term that refers to easy and simple gestures, relatively symbolic acts in support of an issue or cause. Recent usage of the word and its derivatives have been mostly applied to Facebook users as the social media site allows anyone to support something with as little as a click.

The fact that the majority of Facebook users are young, innovative, and are just of a different generation, has no bearing on the fact that older, less tech savvy people who are stuck in their ways criticize the youth and their minimal participation in political and social causes.

Clearly the older generation does not engage in slacker activism, the number of bumper stickers in traffic or breast cancer ribbons on lapels are proof of that.

The youth who just manage to click on a website are just slackers participating as little as possible in a cause, while the older generation who are incredibly politically active have to, once every few years, laboriously find a place on their jacket, spend the seconds necessary to pin a yellow, pink, or red ribbon on it, and then if that was not enough, have to readjust it so everyone can see it.

Slacktivism is a growing problem. With more and more people clicking to support a cause instead of actually doing something to support it like wearing a ribbon, soon everyone will just appear to support causes while no one really does.

"Like"-ing a war memorial page on Facebook is just showing others online that you remember the sacrifices armed men and women made for this country by you clicking a button, whereas wearing a poppy shows others that you actually remember those sacrifices by pinning it on a jacket.

Slacktivism is a danger to our society, and we're clearly doomed if it ever spreads beyond the internet to our car bumpers or our lapels.

1 comment:

Khristopher said...

I'll make sure to "like" your facebook page this week.