The purpose of this blog was to research and give supporting evidence to show the negative impacts of clicktivism and how you can go beyond clicktivism. As technology continues to advance, more and more people are resorting to online platforms to showcase their support. Clicktivism is only becoming more prevalent due to more accessible online resources for citizens. We made an effort to represent information from both supporters and opposers of clicktivism through our blog posts. The equal distribution through affirmative and refutation posts allowed us to create a stronger argument and clearly identify the weaknesses, strengths, and limitations in clicktivism.
Our own experience and research allowed us to obtain a foundational understanding of clicktivism and its limits. We decided to blog about various clicktivist campaigns as case studies to analyze clicktivism. We looked at #standingrock, #kony2012, #bringourgirlsback, and #cancelcolbert. We also gathered research from various news sources and research articles that show the drawbacks of clicktivism.
The most surprising thing our research showed us was that most of the opinions we analyzed had fundamental roots that believed clicktivism was useful to help spread awareness. We agree with this claim, however, we don’t believe that this should be the end of an individual’s support and that spreading awareness can not make a real change. Whether you are for or against clicktivism, both sides can agree that it ultimately helps easily spread awareness. It just depends on whether you believe that is sufficient support as activism.
The largest take away from this assignment was that real change comes from real actions. Clicktivism creates a form of self contentment and illusion that you are doing good by liking, sharing, etc., which makes people stop there.
Ultimately, clicktivism is the bare minimum for activists. The argument our blog was not for clicktivism to stop altogether, the argument was for clicktivism to merely be the starting point. Throughout history, we have seen real change occur through protests, marches, volunteering in communities, etc., not through a shared Facebook video. Clicktivism can support all those real-life actions and works as an effective way to spread the word, but it can not replace the role of those actions.
Ultimately, this blog was very educational for all of us. It put into perspective what we can do to show greater support because we too can fall victims to clicktivism. We learned that to make a real change in the world you must go beyond a click and be willing to physically go out to volunteer. We hope we were able to educate people on clicktivism and how to be a better global citizen.
Thank you for joining our group through this experience and taking the time to read about our thoughts. Now it’s time for you to make a change and go beyond clicktivism, what will you do next?