People. May I present to you the definition of inactivism:
Inactivism: Sporting different color magnetic ribbons or bumper stickers that say “Free Tibet” on your car. It may be a “support our troops” yellow ribbon, a pink breast cancer ribbon, or any number of preposterous incarnations meant to capitalize on this trend. When you put stickers and magnets on your car, you aren’t doing anything to support the cause. Thus, inactivism.
So let’s put this in Facebook terms, shall we?
Hitting “Like” for a cause – however noble that cause may be – does not make a difference if that’s all you do.
Reposting something about cancer, the war, drugs, military pay, teacher rights or poor legless dogs in Africa – does not help much of anything if you’re not involved in other ways.
And neither does guilt tripping your friends into doing it.
Even if 97% of them were to magically repost it one day,
A. You should think about getting new friends and
B. It still would not fix any of the aforementioned problems.
Sitting at a desk while copying and pasting multiple status updates that look something like this:
~~~*****IF*~*YoU~~)()()()(LOVED^^^yOUR mOM More THAN AN EgGo WAFFLE^^ PLEASE REPOST. i loved my mom more than my EgGo waffles. for the realz. i bet 97% of my friends won’t have the GUTS to REpost this.~~~**^^^
does not mean that you loved your mom more than anyone else that has the brains not to repost. If my child EVER reposted something like this I would probably ban her from Facebook. for the realz.
Honestly. Hate cancer? Walk for the cure, use your time to get involved, visit people who are sick with it. You want to do something for the troops? Send money to the USO, write a letter to a soldier, send a care package. You want to be heard for your teachers? Go to school board meetings, attend Back to School, send them money for supplies. Think kids are all hooked on drugs? Get involved in a mentoring program. Have a heart for poor legless dogs? Money, time, effort. Maybe some fake dog legs.
Not liking. Not reposting.
And for goodness sake, if you simply must repost, if you can’t pass up the chance to announce to the world (or all 200 of your friends) how you are an ardent supporter of Kitties with No Faces – have the courtesy to delete the part about 97% of the rest of us not reposting it.
Because you’re right. We probably don’t have the guts, or care. Or we might be out actually helping those kitties to get new faces while you update your status.
Now go get your Eggo, call your mom, and back away from the copy and paste keys. After all, isn’t there a farm or zoo out there that needs your undivided attention?
That’s what I thought.