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6 comments

  1. no no no no no. we need to start small before real change. DO NOT DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM taking small steps in the right direction. awareness is the step before activism. spreading the truth is half the battle.

  2. One could have just as easily told Martin Luther King Jr. that a word is just a word, and that what he is engaged in is all talk and no action, yet the I have a dream speech is one of the most memorable, and was crucial in sparking relevant social change in America. Social Media opens wider audiences, allows us to reach out to politicians, and stimulate social change. As for saying that it is powerless, research the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the 6 April youth movement, and then say that social media was not crucial in instigating and escalating the events.

  3. One person can create a change reaction with a small action. Posting about something as a form of “activism” IS useless unless you’re doing something about it. Spreading awareness AND even putting some amount of action into that topic is enough. Encouraging others to do the same is even better.

  4. Virtue signaling, cancel culture, and slacktivism will lead to the downfall of western civilization, for behind them stems the repression of freedom of expression. The freedom to express our thoughts, ideas, and differences in a civil manner. The increasing polarization of our society into tribal groups or thought camps is deeply disturbing.