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(Slate)   The real reason hashtag campaigns like #bringbackourgirls are so popular? Because lazy, uninformed people get to feel like they're doing something helpful without lifting a finger   (slate.com ) divider line
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2014-05-20 04:51:11 PM  
As a rampant slacktivist, I feel inspired by this story.

/which I'll read....later
//after my chai latte
 
2014-05-20 05:02:22 PM  
It certainly brought the media's attention to the kidnappings.
 
2014-05-20 05:06:41 PM  
Just think of it as praying with the distinction that shiat might actually happen afterward.
 
2014-05-20 05:07:34 PM  
"Like"
 
2014-05-20 05:09:47 PM  
What're we all supposed to fly to nigeria?  What are we supposed to do?  Send money to a "charity" someone specificly set up for this?

It's a way to feel like you're making an impact in a situation you are completely powerless over.
 
2014-05-20 05:17:25 PM  
So, it's the modern equivalent to prayer.  Got it.
 
2014-05-20 05:25:06 PM  
Obvious tag out holding up a silly sign?
 
2014-05-20 05:27:03 PM  
INDEED

Its one thing to hash-tag #StopRape, its another to work in a rape crisis center

/I know I said rape twice
 
2014-05-20 05:30:40 PM  
f.kulfoto.com
 
2014-05-20 05:48:07 PM  
I used to argue this but accidentally proved myself wrong once.
People were changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character to raise awareness of child abuse or something. I said "screw you slacktivists", changed my profile picture to the classic "it's goofy time" meme, then donated money to the children's shelter and bragged that I had done something that mattered.

Then I realized that the only reason I made the donation was that the awareness campaign had worked on me.
 
2014-05-20 06:14:53 PM  
Hashtags are the new prayer.
 
2014-05-20 06:17:26 PM  
That's the way of the future, subby, plus it's still extremely uncool to care about things unrelated to pop culture.

You can only care about the trees if you're a hot hippy girl, otherwise, no one gives a damn.

You can care about politics as long as you're an attractive actor or actress-with the correct Hollywood opinion, of course, otherwise no one gives a damn.

You can care about everything else too, but you have to be rich, otherwise......umm do you see where this is going?
 
2014-05-20 06:18:26 PM  
#youmeanididn'tstopkony?
 
2014-05-20 06:18:40 PM  
Obligatory

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2014-05-20 06:18:54 PM  
In and Prayer mentioned 3x already.

Too slow today.
 
2014-05-20 06:19:24 PM  
FAIL tag and not OBVIOUS?
 
2014-05-20 06:20:27 PM  
Subby, I will not stand idly by while you say such slanderous things about Michelle Obama.

#leavemichellealone

nyulocal.com
 
2014-05-20 06:21:03 PM  
The "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign absolutely kills me.

larrycorreia.files.wordpress.com

Who in the hell believes that slave traders give a fark about the approval of American celebrities? It's as naive as thinking some young men don't actually know that rape is bad.
 
2014-05-20 06:22:20 PM  
I am glad to see I'm not the only one wondering where the Obvious tag was.
 
2014-05-20 06:22:39 PM  

JesseL: The "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign absolutely kills me.

[larrycorreia.files.wordpress.com image 850x850]

Who in the hell believes that slave traders give a fark about the approval of American celebrities? It's as naive as thinking some young men don't actually know that rape is bad.


Real men just use their credit cards to "sweep them off their feet", amirite, Ashton?
 
2014-05-20 06:23:09 PM  

serial_crusher: I used to argue this but accidentally proved myself wrong once.
People were changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character to raise awareness of child abuse or something. I said "screw you slacktivists", changed my profile picture to the classic "it's goofy time" meme, then donated money to the children's shelter and bragged that I had done something that mattered.

Then I realized that the only reason I made the donation was that the awareness campaign had worked on me.


A million times this. It is better to actually do something if you are willing and able, but if you can't, the next best option is spreading the news in the hopes it will reach someone who can help.

To a degree, people share things to feel good about themselves, but I don't see this as a bad thing. I see it as a product of evolution. People who can effectively communicate with one another and neighboring communities about danger, food, etc. are going to be better equipped to survive. The hashtag is our modern-day monkey screech.
 
2014-05-20 06:23:13 PM  
Considering that the owner of the Clippers made some (private) racist statements and he was publicly crucified and is being forced to sell the team, where is the outrage over 300 Nigerian girls being abducted for purposes of sexual slavery? Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan  and why aren't they holding media events denouncing the slave owners and demanding the girls' release? Could it be the lack of White Liberal Guilt money over there? Or could it be because everyone involved there is black/Islamic? I am betting on the former.
 
2014-05-20 06:23:14 PM  
Still no explanation for Slate's popularity
 
2014-05-20 06:24:48 PM  
Ummm... All you are doing is lifting your fingers, or thumbs.
 
2014-05-20 06:28:04 PM  
As long as you ignore how effective it has been then this is spot on analysis.
 
2014-05-20 06:28:42 PM  

JesseL: The "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign absolutely kills me.

[larrycorreia.files.wordpress.com image 850x850]

Who in the hell believes that slave traders give a fark about the approval of American celebrities? It's as naive as thinking some young men don't actually know that rape is bad.


lol, the "real men" part is par for the course though. I've always been amused by the insistence on using the word coward to describe bad people, like terrorists or the guys on America's Most Wanted. It's not bad enough that this guy kills innocent people, even worse, he's also a big scaredy cat!

Hey Osama, it's one thing to be a mass murderer, but you have no balls! Your dick is small! I am a big man!
 
2014-05-20 06:29:07 PM  

Ambivalence: It's a way to feel like you're making an impact in a situation you are completely powerless over.


That's the point.  Why do you need to make useless gestures to "feel like" you've actually done something useful?  Why do people need a cookie just for having an opinion?  These celebrities and their little signs are even more attention-whorish.  As if the terrorists that did this give a single fark what some entitled American celebrity thinks.  Or even what our entire entitled culture thinks.

What's that?  Real men don't buy girls?  How about this:  put your money where your mouth is, go over there and buy all of those girls so you can send them home.  Then you've actually done something useful about it.
 
2014-05-20 06:29:23 PM  
skreened.com
 
2014-05-20 06:29:59 PM  
Well, if this situation is like any other crisis in the region, I'm sure can be resolved by sending over more bags of rice.
 
2014-05-20 06:30:46 PM  

Lee451: Considering that the owner of the Clippers made some (private) racist statements and he was publicly crucified and is being forced to sell the team, where is the outrage over 300 Nigerian girls being abducted for purposes of sexual slavery? Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan  and why aren't they holding media events denouncing the slave owners and demanding the girls' release? Could it be the lack of White Liberal Guilt money over there? Or could it be because everyone involved there is black/Islamic? I am betting on the former.


Considering that there are tons of things to be mad about when 300 Nigerian girls are kidnapped, why are you focusing on the lack of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan?
 
2014-05-20 06:30:50 PM  

Lee451: Considering that the owner of the Clippers made some (private) racist statements and he was publicly crucified and is being forced to sell the team, where is the outrage over 300 Nigerian girls being abducted for purposes of sexual slavery? Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan  and why aren't they holding media events denouncing the slave owners and demanding the girls' release? Could it be the lack of White Liberal Guilt money over there? Or could it be because everyone involved there is black/Islamic? I am betting on the former.


Why are Jesse Hackson, Al "Tawana" Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan attention whoring themselves all over my TV? Why are they feeding of the not even dead yet corpses of Nigerian girls? Could it be their Caddy's need new rims?

/feel free to copy/paste as needed.
 
2014-05-20 06:31:08 PM  

Lee451: Considering that the owner of the Clippers made some (private) racist statements and he was publicly crucified and is being forced to sell the team, where is the outrage over 300 Nigerian girls being abducted for purposes of sexual slavery? Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan  and why aren't they holding media events denouncing the slave owners and demanding the girls' release? Could it be the lack of White Liberal Guilt money over there? Or could it be because everyone involved there is black/Islamic? I am betting on the former.


I'd guess it's because they generally focus their efforts on American issues
 
2014-05-20 06:31:22 PM  
Maybe we should, you know, actually fix the whole " kidnapping is a profitable industry in places with very unstable economies" thing instead of hash tagging all of the things?
 
2014-05-20 06:31:24 PM  

serial_crusher: I used to argue this but accidentally proved myself wrong once.
People were changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character to raise awareness of child abuse or something. I said "screw you slacktivists", changed my profile picture to the classic "it's goofy time" meme, then donated money to the children's shelter and bragged that I had done something that mattered.

Then I realized that the only reason I made the donation was that the awareness campaign had worked on me.


Trying to raise awareness of a cause in order to accomplish an objective related to the cause is one thing, ie the Alzheimer's Association running ads about the signs of Alzheimer's when their goal is curing people if Alzheimer's (not sure if that is their mission, just making an example). But clicking or posting a hash tag without any additional action or information tied to it seems silly.
 
2014-05-20 06:32:11 PM  

ReverendJasen: Ambivalence: It's a way to feel like you're making an impact in a situation you are completely powerless over.

That's the point.  Why do you need to make useless gestures to "feel like" you've actually done something useful?


Because it's difficult and painful to admit your own helplessness.
 
2014-05-20 06:32:12 PM  
Ah, so it's finally come full circle.

Step 1: Hear of the event, dismiss it as ultimately trivial [for a select view who read the news]
Step 2: Notice someone else remark on the event, claim knowledge and superiority
Step 3: Social media proclamations of your compassion and greatness
Step 4: Condemnation of those not participating
Step 5: If participation reaches mainstream, begin to distance yourself
Step 6: Claim superiority by having never participated at all, fully aware that only commoners would be so foolish

Fark went through it in about a week. Not bad.
 
2014-05-20 06:32:15 PM  

serial_crusher: I used to argue this but accidentally proved myself wrong once.
People were changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character to raise awareness of child abuse or something. I said "screw you slacktivists", changed my profile picture to the classic "it's goofy time" meme, then donated money to the children's shelter and bragged that I had done something that mattered.

Then I realized that the only reason I made the donation was that the awareness campaign had worked on me.


Er, you didn't prove yourself wrong, really.  If the position is that the majority of the people doing it are motivated by the opportunity to feel helpful without having to really invest anything, the fact that you made a donation based on the campaign doesn't actually say  anything about their motivations.  The fact that they will feverishly post about how important it is for 48-72 hours and never speak of it again, however...
 
2014-05-20 06:33:00 PM  

genner: Obligatory

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But with the Penny Arcade thing. If he's trending locally, then a bunch of people in the town are now aware and looking for the cat, right?
 
2014-05-20 06:33:36 PM  

Lee451: Considering that the owner of the Clippers made some (private) racist statements and he was publicly crucified and is being forced to sell the team, where is the outrage over 300 Nigerian girls being abducted for purposes of sexual slavery? Where is Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan  and why aren't they holding media events denouncing the slave owners and demanding the girls' release? Could it be the lack of White Liberal Guilt money over there? Or could it be because everyone involved there is black/Islamic? I am betting on the former.


all of the people you mentioned are black and one is Muslim, what are you struggling to get at?
 
2014-05-20 06:33:36 PM  
....uh attacking innocent people is cowardly. Using weapons upon the unarmed is usually cowardly.

And yes, the men who kidnapped those girls are cowards too. They literally want to use small girls as pawns in order to get what they want. I can't think of many things lower than that.

A battlefield deserter has more integrity than those jokes, who would be more funny if they weren't so...real.

And terrorists are huge yellow cowards. Stop hiding your faces if you're so brave, for starters. They're just like the KKK-hiding behind hoods.
 
2014-05-20 06:33:47 PM  
EXACTLY like

www.rationalitynow.com
 
2014-05-20 06:34:04 PM  

Moonfisher: serial_crusher: I used to argue this but accidentally proved myself wrong once.
People were changing their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character to raise awareness of child abuse or something. I said "screw you slacktivists", changed my profile picture to the classic "it's goofy time" meme, then donated money to the children's shelter and bragged that I had done something that mattered.

Then I realized that the only reason I made the donation was that the awareness campaign had worked on me.

A million times this. It is better to actually do something if you are willing and able, but if you can't, the next best option is spreading the news in the hopes it will reach someone who can help.

To a degree, people share things to feel good about themselves, but I don't see this as a bad thing. I see it as a product of evolution. People who can effectively communicate with one another and neighboring communities about danger, food, etc. are going to be better equipped to survive. The hashtag is our modern-day monkey screech.


It's not a bad thing, but it doesn't seem like an effective use of resources for larger NPOs to push it as much as they seem to.
 
2014-05-20 06:35:13 PM  

Vertdang: EXACTLY like

[www.rationalitynow.com image 150x200]


I came here to post something similar. Well done.
 
2014-05-20 06:35:27 PM  

clancifer:So, it's the modern equivalent to prayer.  Got it.

MurphyMurphy: Hashtags are the new prayer.


Vertdang: EXACTLY like

[www.rationalitynow.com image 150x200]


You are all correct.
 
2014-05-20 06:36:20 PM  

iheartscotch: Maybe we should, you know, actually fix the whole " kidnapping is a profitable industry in places with very unstable economies" thing instead of hash tagging all of the things?


i don't think the nigerian kidnapping was for economic reasons, so much as part of the ongoing terrorist led rebellion. saying they would sell the girls seemed more of a twisting the knife statement than a business pitch
 
2014-05-20 06:37:58 PM  
*CTRL-F*  p-r-a-y....

God damnit.
 
2014-05-20 06:39:20 PM  

cman: INDEED

Its one thing to hash-tag #StopRape, its another to work in a rape crisis center

/I know I said rape twice



To be fair, what I do in a rape crisis center could Hardly be called 'work'.
...........................................

Ok, all joking aside and back on to the original thread....... when twitter was fairly new people seemed to jump for joy that the news of the Mumbai hotel hostage taking was broken by people updating their twitter accounts (as opposed to the traditional new outlets that checked for some sort of verification first. But then the next major int'l news event broke, but Not n twitter (I just can't remember what that particular event was). So, twitter advocates seem to be selectively choosing to remember only their successes at social mobilization/awareness/whatever you call it.

With respect to the 700 girls, this hashtag campaign might have been a success from the point of view of getting outraged citizens in Europe and North America (possibly elsewhere) to contact their government reps to get some sort of assistance sent to help the Nigerians, but I wouldn't be too surprised if it starts to backfire in the long run. There's just too many of these sorts of things popping up around the world for everyone to get excited all of the time.

I think the real problem has nothing to do with the girls; they're just tiny pawns in the larger chess game. I'd be Far more worried that Nigeria could fall apart like Somalia. THAT is what boko harum (sp???) is really trying to get at.

/not an expert opinion in any way shape or form...... I only 'know' what I read in the papers/comments/links
 
2014-05-20 06:40:41 PM  
Keep on thinking prayer never helps, that's a sure way to make God answer them. Heh

Seriously, I've had some prayers answered, some I should have known were like The Monkey's Paw; be careful what you ask for, you may get it.

Hey, the Bible even says that if you open the book with a bad attitude, God himself will hide himself(insights) from you, so be nice.
 
2014-05-20 06:42:02 PM  
How dare you denounce slacktivism! It brought down Kony and made it so that Bill Gates donated $500 billion to save a young girl's life by paying for her kidney transplant! And I helped stop child abuse by changing my profile picture to that of a cartoon AND made gay marriage legal all over by then changing my profile picture to an equals sign!

Michelle Obama is single-handedly bringing these girls to safety by her creative use of a hash tag. She should get a Noble Peace Prize for doing so much.
 
2014-05-20 06:42:34 PM  
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