Sunday, 26 September 2010

Online activism: threat and opportunity

The threat is of clicktivism replacing rather than complementing the real-life offline work of community-organisation. In order to ensure that this doesn't happen, it is important that online activism is as radical and angry and caring and community-building as offline activism. It needs to be about getting candidates elected, about responding to all sorts of big wrongs, about changing things rather than just building larger and larger mailing lists.
It needs to move beyond vanilla. It needs to lead... IT HAS DONE THIS IN THE STATES AND AUSTRALIA, and, to some extent, worldwide, through the Ecological Internet, Avaaz, etc.
But it hasn't done this yet in Britain.
I am involved in a group, that will soon be launching, that will change this state of affairs. The opportunity, I believe, is huge and important.

  
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The threat is of clicktivism replacing rather than complementing the real-life offline work of community-organisation. In order to ensure that this doesn't happen, it is important that online activism is as radical and angry and caring and community-building as offline activism. It needs to be about getting candidates elected, about responding to all sorts of big wrongs, about changing things rather than just building larger and larger mailing lists.
It needs to move beyond vanilla. It needs to lead... IT HAS DONE THIS IN THE STATES AND AUSTRALIA, and, to some extent, worldwide, through the Ecological Internet, Avaaz, etc.
But it hasn't done this yet in Britain.
I am involved in a group, that will soon be launching, that will change this state of affairs. The opportunity, I believe, is huge and important.

  
For all things Rupert, goto
www.rupertread.net

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