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Slacktivism isn’t real activism | Article | The Punch

Slacktivism isn’t real activism | Article | The Punch.

Paradoxically, the rise of digital activism may in fact create less justice, not more, because people think they’ve done their bit just by “liking” someone’s status update.

So next time you’re tempted to send one of those annoying group emails about saving an endangered dugong, turn off your computer and pop down to your local soup kitchen and volunteer your time alongside people who are too busy being of service to even have a Facebook account.

While you’re at it, stop bothering me with your “causes”. I’m way too busy coming up with meaningless opinion columns to try and change the world.

Read the whole article: http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/slacktivists-isnt-real-activism/

About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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