alyssa santos


emmyraver: II FAM. II

anthony_ramos_nyc: Thank you @savetthewales, @avenueny, and @bernyce21 for giving us a great night out. Dioe exoerience coming off of the @numberproject banger. #fam #it‘sMonday! #Monday? #homies

daveeddiggs: Thanks so much for having us @avenueny! We are super #lit right now. Shout to @bernyce21 and @savetthewales for the hook up. We love y'all!

bettcm: Homies. So good to see all these people last night! #hamilton #broadway #nyc #ny #friends #party #celebrate #homies

emmyraver: II THE. HOMIES. II

Gosh, I wish I knew Officer Santos/Officer Magda/Officer Moss/Lieutenant Lesaro’s first names and such. It’d be nice to actually get to know them.

Slacktivism: A new kind of activism

With the Kony movement’s growth and decline in public interest over the past month, questions have been raised about this generation’s willingness to take concrete action beyond the tweets and Facebook “likes.” Terms such as “slacktivism” and “fauxtivism” have been coined to describe, as The Ottawa Citizen put it on March 16th 2012, “the simple act of re-blogging a link to a video or article…to make you feel as though you’ve helped a worthy cause.” The article’s author, colonist Shannon Corregan, is one of many who responded critically to the Kony 2012 situation and the potentially dangerous effects of this new kind of activism. “The idea that awareness is valuable for awareness’s sake, even when we aren’t spreading misleading information, has become a curious phenomenon,” she writes.

“It’s two things: more content and less involvement,” says Terri Anderson, a part-time professor of Sociology at LMU. Anderson, who studies and teaches media and technology in contemporary culture, says that social media is “effective in creating a superficial awareness.” She notes that it is important to distinguish that social media is useful in some ways, but not in all ways. “Social media is good at selling stuff,” she says adding that it particularly appeals to the top news story of the week.

Anderson argues that tools like Twitter allow for little critical thought and shallow responses. With this trend, Anderson says she sees a society that is “moving faster and less willing to invest time and interest.”

However, those labeled slacktivists don’t appear discouraged by the term. In fact, many find this type of activism empowering. “This desire to act cannot be dismissed as slacktivism,” wrote The Huffington Post’s Evan Bailyn on March 19, 2012. “In fact, it is a new and powerful type of activism, all the more so because it combines the efforts of millions of people.”

Bailyn argues that small actions such as sharing a link or giving small donations can go a long way saying, “We do the best we can with the resources we have available.”

Senior Psychology major Melissa Eldridge, who recently hosted an on-campus screening of the documentary “Call & Response” to promote awareness of modern day slavery, promoted her event both by word of mouth and by creating a Facebook event. Though Eldridge recognizes social media as a powerful tool, she also notices that the content-heavy social networks can be overwhelming and can distract from important issues. “It’s one thing to bring attention, but another to actively get involved,” she says. “I don’t want to discredit social media in spreading awareness because it does do that, but you need to take it a step further,” Eldridge said.

-Alyssa Santos, ENGL 301.02