Can we be Activists after it has stopped #trending on our Newsfeed?
March 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
Without Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare we organized the March on Washington . In our rush to redefine activism we have forgotten very simple ways to be active in our communities. American cultural historian Robert Darnton writes on this, “The marvels of communication technology in the present have produced a false consciousness about the past—even a sense that communication has no history, or had nothing of importance to consider before the days of television and the Internet.” Carpooling, picketing groups, and street canvasing all were methods to spread ideas and information.
The urgency is not in posting videos and statuses as quickly, and to as many people as possible. The urgency is in creating an active and educated populis. If a million people know of an idea but do nothing, its the same as if no one knew about it at all.
x Pearls and Revolutionx
ps: I wrote this piece listening to “One Mic” Nas as I post this on my wordpress blog, a conundrum indeed!
Photo and information from: http://theweek.com/section/cartoon/0/225404/all-cartoons