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Do Your Posts Really Work?

The term ‘slacktivism’ has been used to characterize mildly engaging in certain forms of activism without actually taking any real action. In light of recent events, slacktivism has manifested itself on social media where millions of users simply use hashtags to show ‘support’ for a cause when the user doesn’t care. This was seen during the BLM movement where millions of users posted black squares in support of the movement with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, flooding a hashtag that was once used as a networking tool to help the movement. The same thing is happening now with the Palestinian genocide where users are only stating support with no real action towards the movement.

But this doesn’t mean that social media is all bad. Millions of posts are educational. Social media is a tool used by activists and reporters on the frontlines to document the atrocities. Social media allows for the sharing of people's stories and experiences and allows us to feel with others. 

Social media has been a tool to mobilize people to go out and protest. In Texas, statewide marches in support of ending the genocide in Gaza were mobilized through Instagram. This is also the case in cities where parties like the PSL in San Antonio work through social media to network for change in the city, getting educational reform and helping the homeless. 

What this means is that your posts matter and that your voicing of your opinions matters. It’s not just about you picking a side, it’s about you educating others and making sure that everyone knows the extent of what’s going on in the world. In some sense, posting is slacktivism when it’s one post every blue moon for the sole reason of followers; however, when social media is used to post informational slides about recent events or to let people know what events are going on and how people can help, it is the most beneficial way of advocating for social and societal change.

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