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Twitter Doesn’t Make You Martin Luther King by Sam Biddle

Twitter Doesn’t Make You Martin Luther King by Sam Biddle | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Today it’s very, very easy to pretend to care about something. The election, racism, pro-democracy uprisings. These causes are noble, and most of the people supporting them are lazy. Today, let’s remember what giving a shit really looks like. Hint: not your Twitter picture.

Twitter, Facebook and other means of quick chatting have proven useful, especially over the past year — it’s doubtful Egyptian revolution or Occupy Wall Street would have gained traction so quickly without them. But those using 140 characters to spread the word of an impromptu rally or secret police crackdown are in the tiniest of majorities. The rest of us are fakers — half-arsed retweet activists, who “support” Iranian dissent or “raise awareness” about homophobia with the same zeal that we click Like on a video of two cute cats playing with an alligator.

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In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction by Noam Cohen

In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction by Noam Cohen | Twit4D | Scoop.it

THE mass media, including interactive social-networking tools, make you passive, can sap your initiative, leave you content to watch the spectacle of life from your couch or smartphone.Apparently even during a revolution. That is the provocative thesis of a new paper by Navid Hassanpour, a political science graduate student at Yale, titled “Media Disruption Exacerbates Revolutionary Unrest.” Download full study: http://bit.ly/qNYPF4

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Online Activism Aims to Stop School Spankings by Zachary Sniderman

Online Activism Aims to Stop School Spankings by Zachary Sniderman | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Online activism is transitioning. How does Marc Ecko's Unlimited Justice campaign against corporal punishment in schools signal a changing of the guard?
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The revolution will be digitized By Antonia Zerbisias

In the olden days, about, oh, three years ago, citizens who engaged in political campaigns had to get off their sofas and into church basements and candidates meetings.
They knocked on doors, dropped off flyers, planted signs.
They put the act in activism, the haul ass in grassroots.
Today, during Canada’s 41st federal election, or #elxn41 as it’s called on Twitter, voters don’t need to shiver in the cold shilling for their candidate. They can commiserate with friends on Facebook, fight the power via Twitter and put their politics on YouTube.
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Not Just Slacktivism: Youth Become More Engaged Offline, Too by Mathew Ingram

Not Just Slacktivism: Youth Become More Engaged Offline, Too by Mathew Ingram | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Although younger users of social networks are often criticized for engaging in "slacktivism" without any real engagement, a new study from the University of California found that younger Internet users become more socially engaged in the real world as a result of their online activities.
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Does the Internet make for more engaged citizens? - MacArthur Foundation

Does the Internet make for more engaged citizens? For many youth, the answer is yes, according to a new study by civic learning scholars.
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Social Media as a Social Change Agent By Heather Dougherty

Social Media as a Social Change Agent By Heather Dougherty | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Social media sites are being lauded as enablers and conduits of social change in revolutions across north Africa. But the picture in the US has been slightly different – following the success the 2008 Obama Campaign’s online efforts, there has been some backlash about the real impact of social networking sites for causes.
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Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism by Micah White

Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism by Micah White | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Reducing activism to online petitions, this breed of marketeering technocrats damage every political movement they touch. A battle is raging for the soul of activism. It is a struggle between digital activists, who have adopted the logic of the marketplace, and those organisers who vehemently oppose the marketisation of social change. At stake is the possibility of an emancipatory revolution in our lifetimes.
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Clicktivists - people that make you listen | BBC Video

Clicktivists - people that make you listen | BBC Video | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Cuts protestors are using social media as a way of getting organised: the right-wing groups seemed to be first to use modern media to their advantage, and now the Left are again on the march. Giles' report explains what clicktivists are and what they do.
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Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism by Sarah Kessler

Why Social Media Is Reinventing Activism by Sarah Kessler | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Malcolm Gladwell recently wrote in The New Yorker that social media doesn't effect actual change. Here's why he's wrong.
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Slacktivism Matters by Jenny Davis

Slacktivism Matters by Jenny Davis | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Two recent posts on Deliberately Considered, one by Scott Beck and the other by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb, examine the role of social media in social movements. They demonstrate the way in which social media allow us to harness the power of the people, contest the interpretations of mainstream media, organize, and mobilize. They show how, through communications on digital networks, physical bodies have come together in physical spaces, protesting both ideological and material conditions.

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Video: Activism vs. Slacktivism by FairSay

Does activism via digital channels work? It depends on who you ask. On 21 March, 2011 a debate of skeptics, realists and optimists explored the impact of digital activism. The twitter tag was #ECFdebate.
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The Ecologist guide to turning 'clicktivists' into activists by Christine Ottery

The Ecologist guide to turning 'clicktivists' into activists by Christine Ottery | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Continuing our series on how to successfully campaign, Christine Ottery reports on the best ways to motivate armchair activists to take offline action - and gets tips from some of those who've pioneered new forms of protest...
Online activism has recently scored a massive win with the 38 Degrees campaign to stop the government's plans to sell off the UK's forests. The campaign garnered half a million signatures for their petition, and asked members to email their MPs. Activists also donated their money to fund a public opinion poll and adverts in national newspapers.
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The limits of the 'Twitter revolution' by Anne Nelson

The limits of the 'Twitter revolution' by Anne Nelson | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Twitter: a 'constant churn of ideas, jokes, gossip, and discoveries', but only at particular moments a tool for social change. The new digital technologies are powerful tools in moments of crisis, but they cannot substitute for sustained citizen activism
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Study says Internet makes youth more engaged citizens By Molly McHugh

Study says Internet makes youth more engaged citizens By Molly McHugh | Twit4D | Scoop.it
New research challenges the idea of the slacktivist generation, claiming that the Internet and even social media con produce more active citizens.
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From clicktivism to activism: How shutting down the Internet helped fuel the Egyptian uprising by Hani Morsi

From clicktivism to activism: How shutting down the Internet helped fuel the Egyptian uprising by Hani Morsi | Twit4D | Scoop.it
As previously noted, it is surely naive to assume that all of those who blogged, tweeted and facebooked about the protests were on the street in any/all of those protests. The opposite also holds true. A cursory look at Egyptian demographic data on education and internet penetration neither makes this a surprising observation nor vindicates the arguments of “cyber-skeptics”. In fact, it makes the whole “slacktivism vs activism” argument weaker from a cause-effect standpoint.Image credit: @carloslatuff
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Taking The Slack Out Of Slacktivism by Luke Allnutt

Taking The Slack Out Of Slacktivism by Luke Allnutt | Twit4D | Scoop.it
In her speech on Internet freedom on February 15, Hillary Clinton referred to a debate about whether the Internet is “a force for liberation or repression.” To be brutally reductive, you might call that debate the Morozov Vs. Shirky debate. The media often reduces the debate further to two competing narratives: “Facebook Will Set Us Free” Vs. “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” (to use Jay Rosen’s term.)
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