We recognize that the Internet is a big, noisy place, and that messages can get lost in the shuffle. But we can't ignore the role that technology and digital activism can play in service to our overall mission. So we appreciate all those clicks and finger taps to view our webpages and follow our Twitter feeds, because they keep our concerns and our objectives part of the conversation.
While Berkeley is more progressive than many places in the U.S, it is clear that the culture of large-scale student activism has changed. Many claim the youth of today are apathetic. Others say they just engage in different ways. It may also be that exorbitant college fees play a large part in taking the radical edge out of the student population.
Social media posts of friends and celebrities taking the ice bucket challenge have been virtually inescapable in the past 2.5 weeks. However, also difficult to escape has been criticism for the challenge, its flaws, and doubts about its effectiveness. Even as the evidence that it was clearly working has piled up.