The Women’s March on Washington took place in January 2017 and boasted crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Its size belies its beginnings though: The largest single-day protest in U.S. history started with a Facebook post created by a grandmother in Hawaii.
But others question how much social media can really do for activist efforts. Some argue that online activism — sometimes despairingly called slacktivism — might be ineffective or lazy, especially when compared to the efforts of activists in decades past. Critics argue that actions like sharing a hashtag or retweeting a post might make people feel like they’ve supported a cause when they’ve actually just made a minimal effort. Read more…
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