Recently I wrote on Blog Post where I declared that I am a Digital Atheist: Click here to read that post.
Now it’s time that I declared that digitally, I simply don’t care. I really don’t. I have not even cared once.
Ok let me explain.
I think there is a problem in our digital world called slacktivism. This is like the concept of Activism but with way way way less effort: which so suits our social media world.
Activism is defined as the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. Brilliant.
Slacktivism on the other hand are actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.
I think there is great confusion in the social media world as to what constitutes activism. So I am here to help.
- Liking a page on Facebook with a social justice message counts for zero in terms of actually bringing about change.
- Retweeting a clever political observation counts for zero in terms of actually bringing about change.
- Liking a negative appraisal of a desperately sad image of a drowned Turkish toddler on a beach during the peak of the European Immigration crisis across the Mediterranean doesn’t actually solve the problem.
But let me step onto my real soap box when it comes to my problems with slacktivism.
The “you must cut and paste for an hour post” on Facebook. Here is an example.
Some thoughts as we enter the Christmas season … It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my friends just for moral support. I know some will! (You have to copy & paste this one, NO sharing) xxx. (KEEP YOUR FINGER ON THIS STATUS TO COPY IT ) xx Merry Christmas to all
It always sounds so awesome and caring. Hey and for the record who are all the people surrounded by large wonderful families who are apparently problem free? The Brady Bunch finished several decades ago and reality stepped in with Modern Family….Complex. Emotional. Theologically messed up maybe. Love. Angst. Mixed….but we would all die for each other (Coded messaged to my estranged sibling). Whether it’s to do with loneliness, suicide support, ALS, mothers who have lost babies etc, or brothers without all his sisters….the cause is always deeply emotional and this is where the strength of the manipulation lies…..people who read statuses like this feel compelled to share the post for any hour as to not to would suggest they don’t care about Christmas loneliness, ALS, suicide victims, sad brothers etc……Oh and sometimes there is the added manipulation of…..I know no one reads my posts and I am posting this to as a test…..blah blah blah.
So I am putting it out there…..
I DON”T CARE DIGITALLY AT ALL.
I have never cut and pasted and I won’t be manipulated by the “no one reads my posts” post.
To be brutally honest, posting a post on Facebook about Christmas Loneliness does not in any way shape or form address the issue of loneliness at Christmas in any level whatsoever…..I am going to repeat that. Posting a post on Facebook about Christmas Loneliness does not in any way shape or form address the issue of loneliness at Christmas in any level whatsoever.
What does solve Christmas loneliness is inviting someone over for Christmas dinner, calling someone on Christmas Day and spending time talking to them or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
So let’s simply stop thinking we are making a difference by cutting and pasting some inane Facebook post that has been written by someone whose biggest object in life is to see how many lemmings he can get to cut and paste his original post.
So stop being a lemming.
Oh I probably need to define lemming for the newbies to the internet. Lemmings was a game 15 years ago where lots of little creatures had to be controlled and manipulated in order to achieve a certain objective. Lemmings became a name for a person who unthinkingly joins a mass movement, especially a headlong rush to destruction.
So stop being a lemming.
Stop Digitally Caring. It doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t communicate you care. It merely shouts to the digital world that you are a lemming.
I do not care digitally. I have never cut and pasted a post like the one I am talking about…..
And at the same time I am giving my life to actually caring.
There is a big difference.
And if you are agree, please copy and paste this blog link to your Facebook Page. Do not just share. I am watching to see who of my friends reads my blog….I know that’s only 200,000 this year….oh bugger I just wrecked it.
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