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Thought for the week…#195

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twitterWhat happened to political activism? Do people think typing 140-character morality lectures is pushing society forward?

Jarrett Kobek

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  1. Ellie Toffolo
    Ellie Toffolo

    Will read the long version of Jarret Kobek’s thoughts – seeing as he says so much in less than 100 characters ! Only really good writers can encapsulate thoughts and write well in 140 characters or less. Too few for me!!!! – and I’ve only sent three….. In other forums unfortunately, nasty, negative comments can be horribly brief, so off goes the self-directed troll down a one-way street !! – and the self-disciplined individual in self-defence, gets stuck at a crossroads, or has to delete his/her posts. The Brexit campaign is showing how nasty things can get. Otherwise the 140 characters allow political individuals and other personalities to make a fleeting appearance, take a quick bow, with comments, more like slogans, probably written for them by social media experts, and then other people ape them. However, let’s think of the fire of the French Revolution fanned by the newly-born printing press, thanks to which hundreds of leaflets, pamphlets and other printed material, with short or long messages, were distributed to citizens and set the revolution alight, and then consider social media and the internet in the same way today. The struggle between freedom and control is not the same. Over the past decade and a half we have been able to denounce, announce and comment on anything and everything we like – so perhaps we have plenty of means that light our individual fire, but too many causes, with maybe no one cause for political activism to light our collective spirit.

    July 11, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      The quote is actually taken from a novel Kobek wrote, I Hate the Internet. I agree that social media has afforded us the right to comment (even if I am not sure that is such a great thing) on everything but, more importantly, to participate in events as they unfold. The other side of the coin is that a tweet, a comment, a blog post feel enough to unburden our consciences. We comment, we denounce and we go on our merry way. Social and political activism, and hence change, demand a lot more.

      July 11, 2016
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      • Ellie Toffolo
        Ellie Toffolo

        Yes ! I also read a critic saying that you need fireproof gloves to turn the pages of the book ! Thanks for pointing it out to me.

        July 11, 2016
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      • Exactly! It’s more of a Kardashian-ization of society in general that (continues) to promote the status quo and leave people feeling self-righteous of their comments leaving their hands unsoiled. 🙁

        July 11, 2016
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