clicktivism

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clicktivism

(CLICKing for acTIVISM) Clicking the Facebook Like button, signing an online petition, forwarding a message or link or something similar to express support. Contrast with real activism, which entails writing "real" letters with postage stamps, telephoning, marching and carrying signs, even forming human chains and venturing into unauthorized areas that risk arrest.

Slacktivism
Clictivism is sometimes synonymous with slacker activism, or "slactivism," which connotes a lazy way to provide support in contrast to real activism as described above.
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slacktivism (noun): Actions performed via the internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, for example signing an online petition.
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Slacktivism has its place in charity, text donations are easy to make and in times of natural disasters can raise money very quickly.
Others took a deeper look at what might drive slacktivism.
With these concepts as guidance, Woolbright sought to engineer a reality that reexamines a previous time through alternate reality, noting: “This time favors Clinton-era American optimism, love, and sentiment in opposition to the millenarianism, nihilism, irony, slacktivism, failed neo-liberalism, and the resurgence of cultural conservatism we are currently experiencing.
Brandtzaeg said that despite the controversy about slacktivism, many Facebook users in this sample believed that 'liking' a humanitarian cause could make a difference and this was strengthened by the fact that socially responsible 'liking' was the most common motivation and for the perceived motivation for liking a humanitarian cause.
There's always a fear when the masses re-tweet that it's more slacktivism than activism but on this occasion it seems people actually signed petitions and wrote to their country's leaders as well as sharing the story on Facebook.
In comparison to other social networks, it's decidedly civil, largely devoid of the rampant name calling, comment wars and meme-fueled slacktivism found on Facebook and Twitter.
To them, slacktivism is activism "lite" that doesn't contribute to meaningful change and, even worse, is more about the activist's self-esteem or online image.
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Taken together with other recent experiments, this expose of slacktivism among digital do-gooders suggests a need to rethink the potency of online awareness campaigns.
It's not a new question: The point at which legitimate digital activism devolves into useless slacktivism has been debated for some time.