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Social Media Activism

Hashtags Matter -- Here's Why

Avi Sholkoff | Posted 08.29.2014 | Teen
Avi Sholkoff

Imagine if Twitter was around during the Civil Rights Era. Think about the greatness of hashtags such as #ihavedream or #selmatomontgomery Hashtags don't sound too unnecessary anymore, do they?

Do Hashtags Count As Activism?

BuzzFeed | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact

On June 8, Shonda Rhimes -- producer, writer, and creator of hit TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of forthcoming How to G...

RT If You're A Fake Activist

Morgan Levy | Posted 06.17.2014 | Teen
Morgan Levy

Will the real activists please stand up? In a social-media crazed society, insignificant measures are seen as influential. A mere "RT" on a Twitter post, "like" on a Facebook status or "tag" on an Instagram photo has become the mechanism to create change.

The Tweet That Forgot to Shake the World

Andrea Grossman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Los Angeles
Andrea Grossman

Are tweets in different parts of the world taken more seriously than they are here? Do we get so many that we can barely pay attention to them as they fly in? What do we do with the information that we receive from tweets?

Changing the Face(book) of Social Activism

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology
Mark Pfeifle

While true that "slacktavism," online bullying, and unprecedented threats to our privacy are challenges, few could argue that social media has not vastly facilitated political involvement. The results have been impressive, if not always as dramatic as the Arab Spring.

Notes on Slacktivism

John Conway | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
John Conway

Slacktivism is often defined as merely a feel-good measure that requires little personal effort or sacrifice on the part of an individual that has little practical impact in actually helping the involved cause. But ignore slacktivism at your own peril.

Kony 2012: Anatomy of a Social Media Sensation

Patricia Vanderbilt | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
Patricia Vanderbilt

Watching Kony 2012, I feel manipulated. I don't want to be coddled like a toddler or seduced by filmmaking strategies that appeal to my age demographic. I want to be challenged to understand the world differently.

Student Activism Today

The Brown Daily Herald | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
The Brown Daily Herald

Americans have lost faith in the responsiveness of government, abandoning the expectation that political activism gets results. But while bad politics have made a mockery of the political process, restoring it is a cause worth fighting for.

What Can Sustainability Learn From the Kony Controversy?

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.12.2012 | Technology
Marc Stoiber

Long story short. Social media is an incredibly potent tool for spreading a powerful message, fast. But what did the anti-Kony team do to turn their movement into such a social media tsunami? And how can we harness their experience to accelerate sustainability action?

Rise of Online Organizing Makes Internet Crowd a Must-Win Constituency

Kat Kane | Posted 04.08.2012 | New York
Kat Kane

The Internet not only narrows the participation gap between young and old, it lends a powerful platform to a typically quiet constituency -- we've grabbed the bullhorn and, all of a sudden, our agenda is beginning to resonate.

Arab Spring Activists Sit Down With Silicon Valley Suits

Taylor Wiles | Posted 12.31.2011 | San Francisco
Taylor Wiles

The first Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference touched on issues like Internet access, freedom of speech, and corporate responsibility, but mostly just made clear that this is only the beginning of the digital rights conversation.

Meet The Women Proving That Social Media Brings Change

More Magazine | Posted 10.25.2011 | Women

There's something terribly raw about the stories women post on HarassMap.org, a website started by four friends last year to confront Egypt’s epidem...

Wisdom 2.0 Panel Explores The Power Of New Media For Inner And Outer Transformation

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

What are the actual up- and downsides of social media's impact on spiritual awareness, compassion, authentic interconnection and social transformation?