I bookmark a lot of articles, posts, video clips and infographics about web activism. Although I tweet the links regularly, in the future I will do some ad hoc curation and provide links to the most interesting (defined solely subjectively) here at The Intangibles.
For this week, in reverse chronological order:
In fact, the growth of Change.org — and other online social activism groups like Avaaz.org and Signon.org, a service created by the founders of MoveOn.org — goes to the heart of a longstanding debate among activists and researchers: How powerful is online activism?
My comment . . . As I said in a presentation I gave to NXNEi conference a few weeks ago, don't ever underestimate where even the 'easisest' form of social activism can go in the hands of a smart organizer.
From the folks at TNW . . . come some examples of how people pissed off at the Murdoch phone hacking scandal took their displeasure to the social "streets", including a Twitter campaign at Follow the Money which automated the act of individuals sending tweets about companies who advertise on News of the World and 160,000 or so messages opposing the BSkyB takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation sent to the British government.
My comment . . . even simple campaigns provide evidence public displeasure and we all know who are most concerned about ideas trending in the demos: media and politicians.
The theory and potential threats that the use of social media were thought to be bringing to politics — pulling people away from real friendships, pulling them away from their communities, distracting them, pulling people into cocooned spaces where they’re not encountering different views — all of that is not sustained in the work that we’ve done.
My comment . . . the kids are going to be alright.