Friday, April 30, 2010

SLACKTIVISTS don't give a damn of it..!!

Slacktivism is a portmanteau formed out of the two words: slack meaning careless, lazy or negligent, and activism meaning  the use of vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. In other words, it is a term that describes activism which does not requires any one to put in any real efforts.

Slacktivists don't really move their butts off the chairs for any activity they seem to be connected with, serious it may seem to many though! Slactivists join causes on the internet, show others their concerns (“others” point to other slacktivists, refer to me as anonymous!), get a feeling of satisfaction (real and huge in their terms) by driving around in the world of internet without even moving out of their chairs, and participating real-time in trying and volunteering to make the cause, they find themselves connected with, effective in real world. They are not a flag-waving, card-carrying type.Point to be noted, a case may pop up in near future, when the slactivists fighting against tigers’ extinction might even be unaware at that point of time the tigers are vanished from this planet, and still raise their concern in online causes, communities or graffiti.
"It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done," observed Oscar Wilde.
However, characterizing “Internet Petitions” as “Slacktivism” is unfortunate. Through Internet Petitions, an organization connected with a cause collects signatures, adding fraud prevention, and creates a central repository to be sent to political high command, Parliament, and other targets, thereby making it instrumental to force politicians, businesses, and organizations large and small, to bow down before the power of their constituents.
Internet Petitions, those which are strong spread like wildfire, make more and more people think about it and their actions with each passing moment, and we all understand that this is the only way change happens.

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