One of the challenges of activist work is evaluating what's effective. Marches, rallies, chanting, etc. are tried and true methods.
Social media has given people a new outlet for activism. There are online petitions and letters you can sign. Facebook groups and pages are dedicated to cancer, human rights, literacy, and so forth. I've always been of the mindset that blogging can be considered activism.
But many think that it's too lazy and, therefore, not real activism. Is activism measured on our impact or on our effort?
So what's the middle ground? Do we push ourselves to try new methods and if so, how do we measure their success?
- At Sat Jul 25, 10:47:00 PM Chally said...
I'm of the view that action is action and action is valuable. We none of us can measure the full impact of our activism. I think doing what we can, utilising our resources in the best way for each of us, is important.
I think those folk who see Internet activism as lazy aren't really thinking this through. How about all the folk who are home/bedbound? Is their activism the less because it's not marching? A lot of the time, supposedly progressive groups will exclude with their chosen methods of activism eg expensive ticket prices for an event. There is so much valuable work to be done in the world; why not just let people do it? "My activism is better than your activism" has privilege all over it.
- At Sun Jul 26, 02:10:00 AM frau sally benz said...
I kind of want to get your entire comment and print it on a t-shirt. I'm afraid it might be too long, but whatever.
Seriously though, you're right. It's completely full of privilege and yet I hear people say it all the time -- people that should know better.
- At Sun Jul 26, 08:06:00 AM Chally said...
Thanks, Sally. :)
- At Mon Jul 27, 03:49:00 PM Laura said...
I actually wrote a post about this the other day as well after receiving an email from a reader accusing me of not doing anything to further the feminist cause. Here's the link: http://youngfeministadventures.blogspot.com/2009/07/feminist-act-of-blogging.html
- At Tue Jul 28, 09:36:00 AM frau sally benz said...
Thanks for the link Laura! That was a great post and got the wheels in my head turning again...