Digital Activism

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What an amazing world we live in? We are surrounded by technology and almost every person in the world has some sort of technology right at their fingertips. But what does this mean for our growing and changing society? As a future teacher I know that technology is going to be a huge part of my daily life in and out of the classroom. I am going to have to grade papers, display things on the board and teach students how to use technology for educational purposes. I believe one of the important things as a teacher is to teach students how to use technology responsibly.

For this week we were supposed to read articles about digital activism. I have never really heard of any of this before I started reading the articles but now that I think about it I have seen it all over the internet, I just never knew what it was. In the article by Alexis Manrodt, she said that it is estimated that 2 in 5 young adults engage with social issues online. She also said that 2 out of 3 Millenials believe that a person on a computer spreading the word is capable of sparking more change than a person on the street rallying and protesting. These where surprising to me and just shows how much our society is driven by technology.

I was really shocked to read that people didn’t think digital activism was effective. I believe that digital activism, if done right, can be very effective at reaching people and sparking a community of shared interests. Our world is so filled with technology that people can connect more on the internet than they can when they speak face to face. People respond to other people better on the internet. Also, I think the great thing about digital activism is that there is no limit to who is affected by the spark that a person can create online. You can connect with people from all around the world when you are on the internet and they may be half way around the world but they could be interested in the same things as you.

In the article by Bill Ferriter that we were supposed to read for this blog as well, I found it really inspiring that he was able to start such a movement with his class of students. As a teacher this is one thing I was afraid of, trying to incorporate technology into my classroom and use it right for the students. I think it is awesome how excited his students were to be able to share with the world and make a difference. This is what I hope to accomplish when I am a teacher, showing students a positive way to use the internet and become digital activists themselves.

 

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4 thoughts on “Digital Activism

  1. The first thing that caught my attention while reading your post, Morgan, was the fact that millennials believe a person on a computer spreading the word is more capable of sparking change than a person street rallying. Do you believe this? I’m not sure that I do, but I also can see it being true for a vast majority of our generation. However, when I think about it the convenience of the internet has a huge part in sparking change. Donations can be made in seconds online after seeing or reading an ad. Whereas, rallying doesn’t always have an immediate effect. I might have just talked myself into believing that fact also.

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