Will it rain on my computer and stop me being a do-gooder?

As the web turns

I would honestly say that if people really came together – you know, sat at a meeting (of millions) and stared at each other across the vast space and were asked, “What is the greatest invention, ever?” I honestly do think they would say the internet.

If not that, then what?

But that isn’t the point – what is, is this:

Social activism is being transformed by the Web. Some of the most creative forms of protest and philanthropy are taking place online.

Activists are conducting demonstrations on YouTube, holding virtual fundraisers and using social network sites like Facebook to change the world — one mouse-click at a time.

Don’t tell Hazel Blears that though – she is against things such as the internet, TV’s and those horrible things called mobile phones – ordinary people can use them to communicate – tut, not a good show, what!

But is social-activism a good thing? Not if you look at what governments are doing to stop it – in the US you have various acts that try to stamp all over your rights, this is happening in the UK with renewed gusto!

Damn you if you should actually enjoy it and prove that it can, and does work.

One of the most audacious forms of Web-based activism comes courtesy of Em Hall, also known by her blog name, the DC Goodwill Fashionista.

When Goodwill of Greater Washington wanted to expand its customer base, its leaders devised a campaign to reach out to a younger, hipper crowd.

The campaign’s centerpiece was Hall. In her witty blog, She dispensed fashion advice, conducted an online virtual fashion show and sold Goodwill clothing on eBay (she once sold an $11.98 suit for $175 on eBay.)

Hall’s blog averages 1,500 readers a week and has attracted readers from at least 100 countries, says Brendan Hurley, a Goodwill spokesman. Hall’s blog became so popular she was invited in September to Fashion Week, a high-octane fashion show that features the world’s most popular designers.

Long live the Revolution – viva le internet!

Not the same as it once was according to that article:

Paul Loeb, author of “The Soul of a Citizen,” a book that examines the psychology of social activism, also says online activism can be powerful but limited. He tells a story from his book to make his point.

He says a friend took her kids to a protest against nuclear testing in front of the White House during the early 1960s. But she became dejected because only a few people joined her demonstration and then it rained.

But – they didn’t have the internet then!

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0 Responses to Will it rain on my computer and stop me being a do-gooder?

  1. thebeadden says:

    I hope it doesn’t rain on your computer, Will. This is a great topic. I think what can be said is that people are finally able to get the truth. To form their own opinions.

    It is true that there are more ‘armchair activists’ the point is, people are being reached. People who didn’t care or didn’t know, do.

    And even if out of the millions that just hit click on some petition or site. One or two might become active in their real life. That is still one or two more who have taken a real step.

  2. douglaskev says:

    interesting question. it is difficult to give voice to our concerns online and hoping to encourage others without simply becoming an armchair activist.

    all in all, i think its for the better, even if people are only thinking/talking about justice etc

    it starts with a thought, then actions..

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