Exhibit 3, Part 2: When Slacktivism Works

In the first part of Exhibit 3, we discussed how activist campaigns launched on social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, often don’t accomplish much as users only go so far as to “raise awareness” by sharing information, without making any commitment to take further action.

photo by The Sun

photo by The Sun

However, in rare cases (most notably political), slacktivists are sometimes stirred to take their beliefs beyond the digital world and onto the streets in real-life action. In these instances, social media transforms from an impediment to a powerful tool in organising and rallying like-minded individuals for a social cause.

In Malaysia, this has happened on several occasions. The video below, a collection of footage from my own camera as well as others, explains what went down.

Video credits go to:

MalaysiaKini

bersih428

mXt44

wjseow1

malaysianews

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