One thing I find particularly interesting about Revolution 2.0 is the discussion of Facebook activism, because I feel like that is a conversation that is still ongoing today in the US as well. Specifically, when does online activism help, and when does it simply become slacktivism? Wael Ghonim mentions on page 111 that he is using Facebook to try to attract “regular non-politicized young men and women” via his less “belligerent” Facebook page (which is the word he uses to describe the page “My Name Is Khaled Mohamed Said”). In this way, he seems to be saying that he is not trying to attract activists. However, on the other hand his page and other Facebook pages were used to organize in-person demonstrations including the Silent Stands and the demonstration on January 25. To me, it seems that this at least means that Facebook can have some tangible results. That being said, one of the activists in the YouTube videos we watched on Monday mentioned that it is not Facebook activism that gets things done, nor is it peaceful demonstrations, but rather action–and sometimes violent action at that–that gets results. Is it possible that Facebook and in-person activism are not mutually exclusive, or is it the case that Facebook activism really won’t make a difference?

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  1. carlywinant says:

    It’s interesting to think about Facebook activism in comparison to other types of activism. One thing I think Facebook does well is get the word out. People make statues about what’s going on in the world, social change events are made on there, and often relevant new articles appear in either the newsfeed or the trending section on the side of the screen. Facebook gives people all the information of what’s happening and where, it’s just a matter of whether someone sees these things and decided to do something in response. Some will be inspired to go out and fight, while other might be inclined just to press ‘like.’

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