I enjoyed reading through my classmates’ comments. I was interested in what they saw as the climax. Many saw that when Justin mentioned that “A place for Marginalized Minds” was the climax, which was different as compared to mine where I chose the coining of the term “Slacktivitism” as the climax. Specifically, Laura Marie says … “ [Justin] speaks of how social media can have such a great impact around the world and also portrays the benefits of social media, also including a video and to close it off a personal reference, all this after shutting out the idea that social media shouldn’t be used for activism as a whole.” Laura is defending Justin in his opinion that online activism is just as effective as real life protests or stand-ins. Feminism is as controversial as the civil rights movement, in comparison, online activism is the as impacting as risk taking activism. Justin mentions that there is a statistic that those who advocate online have a more tendency to be physically present at an event than those who advocate in person.
- Impact of social media on activism
- “online feminism”
- Evolution of activism
- Social media increases the spread of information and current events
- More followers
- More support in groups
The list above is my interpretation of Justin’s key concepts. His way of writing is very enticing because he writes in a more relatable voice without using confusing syntax and wording. The first thing Justin talks about is how he saw a lot of advocating on political issues such as feminism. Through out his article, he ties feminism into his argument. Slactivism is used through out this article. This term is used for people who are activist that do not advocate in person but through the Internet. His argument was explicitly stated that online activism impacts society as much as physical (in-person) activism. In this article, Justin talks about the impact of social media on activism, in which he found that more people who advocate online tend to be more active offline (in real-life) than those who are active offline. He saw that people are more involved online, through the use of social media where people or women can state their opinions and find supported who feel the same.
Feminism is a key topic tied into this article. Many of Justin’s examples relate to feminism. He mentions “Online feminism” where women are advocating for equality through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. It was found that there were more followers gained through social media because there was more information spread throughout the Internet leading to the education of the population. Then there was a concept about how if there were more followers, there would be more support in groups. Feminist worked together in groups to make their platform apparent.
I didn’t lose any bit of interest throughout this article because it was so well written and relatable. Justin integrated a lot of evidence and examples in his article that kept his argument valid and gave it more depth. The sentence that spoke his voice the most is where he states that he was a feminist as well. It makes a statement that not only women can advocate for feminism and that men also support equality.