The Perils of “Slacktivism”
‘Many of us have fallen victim to it: changing our profile picture to those white equals signs atop a red background because someone said that it meant you support marriage equality, sharing the now-infamous #Kony2012 video that no one ever watched in full, or reposting the Huffington Post article only because the title was too witty and relevant not to.
‘From warring perspectives on the conflict in Gaza to the now strangely dated hashtag #bringbackourgirls, the viral social issue of the hour floods Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with content that looks, on the outside, like deeply felt social activism. But for all the pathos running rampant over news feeds and blogging sites, there is little depth to speak of, and virtually no change afoot in the real world. “Slacktivism” online is exactly as deep as the paper-thin knowledge and commitment that fuels it…’
Examples of Questionable Extremism
I’m an avid activist too but I never advocate murder in activism
‘There is a frightening, hateful turn of events taking place right now that anyone involved in the GMO issue, or the vaccine issue, or the climate change issue, or any risk controversy, needs to know about.
‘Yesterday Adams posted a piece (not his first) suggesting that anyone who says anything uncritical or open minded about Monsanto, or biotechnology/GMOs, is the essentially the same as a Nazi collaborator, using science as a justification for genocide.
‘Biotech genocide, Monsanto collaborators and the Nazi legacy of ‘science’ as justification for murder
‘which included this generic but quite clear death threat!
‘“…it is the moral right — and even the obligation — of human beings everywhere to actively plan and carry out the killing of those engaged in heinous crimes against humanity.”
‘Several people, principally Keith Kloor in his blog at Discover Magazine, called Adams out on this extremism…’
Flight MH17: What You’re Not Being Told
‘Within minutes of the crash of MH17, the U.S. government and the Western media pinned the responsibility Russia, long before investigators had time to even arrive at the scene, much less provide any actual conclusions.
‘The geopolitical implications of this event are immense. Depending on how much mileage Washington can get out of it, the downing of flight MH17 could end up being pivotal. Anyone who knows their history, knows that media coverage of events like these often lay the psychological groundwork for war.
‘So who was REALLY responsible for the downing of flight MH17? First let’s start by asking some obvious questions. Why was flight MH17 routed over directly over a War Zone? This was not its normal flight path. In fact, it was 300 miles off course. Normally, planes this flight path is significantly further south. The decision to allow MH17 to fly over Donetsk was the decision of the authorities in Kiev…’