Digital Activism

Ashleigh Welch 2nd Digital Media

Digital Activism

Digital Activism is the use of electronic communication technologies such as social media. In recent studies, 39% of all Americans took part in some sort of political activity on social networking during 2012 campaign. 63% of political SNS (Social Networking Sites), users recently gotten involved in a political activity or group. 60% of Americans expressed their opinion about a political issue via online channels. 53% of Americans have expressed opinion via offline channel.

Slacktivism, Hacktivism, Clicktivism, and Hashtag Activism

Slacktivism is when people support an issue with little to no effect other than to allow the person doing the act to derive satisfaction from the feeling they have contributed in some way. Slacktivist are dismissed as superficial and ineffectual.

Hacktivism is the use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends. Chiefly free speech, human rights and information ethics. In 2012, a hacktivist network used it technological clout to come to the aid of a young girl from Steubenville, Ohio who was gang raped by 2 high school students who got drunk at a party.

Clicktivism is when people can support a cause at the click of a computer mouse. In the UK, 1,500 petition start every month, and almost 800 have achieved their desired outcome, majority with less than 200 signs.

Hasktag Activism has a vanity activism, which is narcissistic pronouncements substitute for actual engagement and anger is at best for petty entertainment and at worst for coordinated harassment.