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Today we are going to talk about social media activism
So first off, what is social media activism?
Since it isn’t actually in the dictionary-lets make our own definition!
Social Media Activist: Someone who is raising awareness to issues through their presence on social media
Simple, right? Not so much.
So even just the idea of activism is hard to accurately define. If you are speaking out about a topic on social media and quiet in real life, are you an activist? If you are speaking out online but only have 50 followers, are you an activist? The questions are never ending.
I think one thing we need to address is: Does it work?
In my own personal experience, yes. I have had hundreds of people message me and tell me that my tweets have inspired them to go vegan. These are people that I never would have been able to reach by just attending vigils or leafleting on the streets.
Social media opens up a whole new world filled with billions of opinions. It allows us to hear perspectives we never would have without it.
Some people may disagree with me and say that no-tweeting does not make me an activist. But personally, I think it does.
Why would someone choose to be an activist online and not in real life?
I asked myself this and it took me quite a long time to come up with an answer.
I think a lot of this is we are all busy!
So where do we draw the line? If someone reposts a video about preventing animal cruelty-does that make them an activist?
Personally, I dont think so. I think an activist is someone who consistently spreads their message. An activist is someone who sacrifices something-no matter how big or small-for their cause. An activist is someone who is passionate.
Also, it does not matter if you have one follower or one million followers. When you put your message out there, people will eventually start to listen-and then you’ll gain followers and your voice will be heard by more and more people.
One thing that I think is super important about social media activism is to make sure you have the same beliefs, even offline. I understand that some people dont want to go to protests every second of every day, thats totally fine. But for example, say you are a black lives matter activist on twitter and you see someone being racist in real life. If you stay silent, I believe that takes away your “activist status”. But, if you are active online and dont go to protests-thats okay. You’re doing your part in a way that is
But who are we to be saying someone is an activist or not? If someone wants to call themselves an activist, even if we disagree, they still have every right to call themselves that.
Thank you all so much for reading! If you would like to see more posts on social media activism, please let me know! Also, please let me know what you think on this topic in the comments! I’d love to hear your opinion!
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