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Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism

Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism
The argument that social media fosters feel-good clicking rather than actual change began long before Malcolm Gladwell brought it up in the New Yorker — long enough to generate its own derogatory term. “Slacktivism,” as defined by Urban Dictionary, is “the act of participating in obviously pointless activities as an expedient alternative to actually expending effort to fix a problem.” If you only measure donations, social media is no champion. 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 social good is a movement still in its infancy. All of that virtual liking, following, joining, signing, forwarding, and, yes, clicking, has a lot of potential to grow into big change. The Power of One Shawn Ahmed is fond of reminding people that, “I’m not a charity. Beth Kanter and Allison Fine called “just guys” like Shawn “free agents” in their book, The Networked NonProfit. The Power of 1 Million

What is social media Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration. Websites and applications dedicated to forums, microblogging, social networking, social bookmarking, social curation, and wikis are among the different types of social media. Here are some prominent examples of social media: Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. According to statistics from the Nielsen Group, Internet users within the United States spend more time on Facebook than any other website. Brian Solis created the following social media chart, known as the conversation prism, to categorize social sites and services into various types of social media. Social media is becoming an integral part of life online as social websites and applications proliferate.

Facebook Begins Penalizing "Low Quality" Content on Pages What’s the #1 priority of all Facebook page owners? Creating posts that get engagement & make fans take action! Often times this means posting viral photos (including memes) & updates that are completely off topic, but engaging. The idea is to get tons of engagement on these posts, increase Edgerank, & ensure your other posts (for example, link posts that drive traffic to your website) get seen by more people. I’m all for this — and it’s a tactic we’ve employed on Post Planner’s page for quite some time. But this tactic could soon result in a penalty by Facebook! Facebook to Penalize “Low Quality” Content Many page owners may need to re-think their post content strategy based on an announcement by Facebook about it’s news feed algorithm for page posts: Every day people see content from millions of Pages on Facebook in their News Feeds. This sounds great — and it makes sense that Facebook is attempting to show you the right content. More from Facebook: Sorry, but this just doesn’t seem right.

How our activists view social media | Power to the People | DW.DE | 27.05 Opposition politician Amr Badr from Egypt Modern communication strategy platforms such as twitter and facebook had a great influence on protest movements as they facilitated reaching a larger number of protesters and eased organizing protests in addition to media coverage. However, it is hard to reach older demographics, the poor and illiterate people who cannot or do not have access to such communication platforms. Greek lawyer Lila Bellou Social media and the internet (blogs etc.) help the dissemination of information and contribute to the pluralism of ideas and opinions, which the traditional mass media (TV, newspapers) can’t offer. Ukrainian journalist Tetiana Chornovol Every medium is important for the development of a protest movement, and there is no doubt that twitter and facebook have a contributing role. Isabelle Magkoeva, Japanese teacher from Russia The problem is that in countries ruled by dictators there is hardly any free and independent mass media.

Turkey protests: how activists stay one step ahead with social media She will receive links to maps only visible to fellow activists that show the location of makeshift clinics in houses and even in restaurants' basements, and can watch live streams of protests on the Ustream service if she is at home. She told the Telegraph: "It has had a massive impact, and if it wasn't for social media we wouldn't have the right information on anything. It's been our saviour." Damla said the use of private group messaging meant activists could "react quickly to check whether we're all safe", and added that if access to Facebook and Twitter was temporarily disrupted, as it has been on each day of the protests, they would merely start communicating through the blogging site Tumblr instead. Protesters became more careful about communicating information privately after they realised police knew where they were, tracking public posts on social media. Anonymous announces it has brought down four government websites An Anonymous tweet regarding police tactics in Turkey

:: I WANT CHANGE!!! iwantchange.org :: Worldwide social activism demanding change By Graham Peebles Change is afoot. Confronted with state corruption and corporate greed, abuse of human rights, environmental chaos and extreme levels of economic and social injustice, the people, overwhelmingly the young, are taking to the streets demanding change and a new political/economic system that is inclusive and just. With growing unity and confidence, people throughout the world are expressing their collective will and crying out for freedom, justice and equality, and to be listened to – not only by governments, but also by international institutions, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and central banks. These are enormously powerful global bodies which influence and fashion economic frameworks that affect the lives of billions of people. A system dominated by “the market” that places profit and reward above the wellbeing of people and the health of the planet must be fundamentally changed. “The people have awakened” “We” replaces “I” The Occupy movement

Inside Indonesia - a quarterly magazine on Indonesia and its people, culture, politics, economy and environment Indonesia is Facebooking, Twittering and blogging, but what effect is this having on campaigns for social justice? Indonesia is online. The number of Indonesians using the internet increased from two million in 2000 to over 55 million in 2012, the fourth largest number of internet users in Asia (after China, India and Japan). Thushara Dibley This phenomenal growth in access to the internet has been supported by a rapidly growing economy as well as the widespread uptake of mobile phone technology. Indonesian ‘netizens’ have also keenly taken to new social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere. This edition provides a snapshot of the multitude of ways that Indonesian activists, politicians and ordinary citizens use new social media as a tool for activism. The following two articles focus on how activists in particular sectors make use of the online medium to promote their causes. The final two articles in the edition take a more critical perspective.

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. They were freshmen at North Carolina A. & T., a black college a mile or so away. “I’d like a cup of coffee, please,” one of the four, Ezell Blair, said to the waitress. “We don’t serve Negroes here,” she replied. The Woolworth’s lunch counter was a long L-shaped bar that could seat sixty-six people, with a standup snack bar at one end. By next morning, the protest had grown to twenty-seven men and four women, most from the same dormitory as the original four. By the following Monday, sit-ins had spread to Winston-Salem, twenty-five miles away, and Durham, fifty miles away. The world, we are told, is in the midst of a revolution. These are strong, and puzzling, claims. Some of this grandiosity is to be expected. What makes people capable of this kind of activism? This pattern shows up again and again.

i-can-change-the-world Famous Activists Game Show Host, Reality Television Star, Film Actor/Film Actress (1972–) Jenny McCarthy was named Playboy's 1994 Playmate of the Year and hosted MTV's 'Singled Out' from 1995 to… Author, Philanthropist (1811–1896) Harriet Beecher Stowe was an author and social activist best known for her popular anti-slavery novel Uncle… Singer, Songwriter, Activist, Philanthropist (1951–) Bob Geldof is best known as the singer of the band the Boomtown Rats and for his political activism, particularly his… Actress, Singer, Comedian (1968–) The daughter of comedian Richard Pryor, Rain Pryor is a multifaceted actress, singer, comedian and artistic director. Activist, Author, Journalist (1937–2005) A counterculture icon, Hunter S. Margaret Sanger was an early feminist and women's rights activist who coined the term "birth control" and worked towards its legalization. Activist, Prime Minister (1889–1964) Educator, Journalist (1880–1968) Activist (1927–1993) Folk Hero, Activist (1950–1992) Soccer Player, Athlete (1986–)

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