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Activism Vs. Slacktivism

protesters with smartphones

Engaged or disengaged? A pair of protesters with their smartphones at an anti-Al Khalifa protest last February in London, England.

Credit: Gail Orenstein, Courtesy of the Web 3.0 Lab / Clime

Today's activists are highly plugged into social media, mobile apps, and other digital tools. But does this make a difference where it matters most?

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Cassidy Alan

It was through the Internet that like-minded folks were able to discover Ron Paul's message, and that forced his message into Old Big Media, including talk radio. The traditional broadcast and print media has treated him like an un-person but wherever his message is heard his support grows.
--And with Internet media CBS is exposed, refusing to let him share his message, showing that the Old Media blackout is not an innocent one.
--Let us just hope that Lieberman's chilling admiration for the Chinese Great Firewall gets stopped cold...

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