Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This Guy was Great!
Who does not love this guy right now? Well maybe not a lot of people since he hasn’t been relevant since Predator came out in 1987. That’s Dillon’s character played by Carl Weathers in the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster hit, Predator. Thought it was Kony, head of the LRA? Some readers may have thought so. It’s pretty sad, but it appears my generation has so much Internet overload that they think by just clicking “like” on a Facebook post, or writing a comment, they are doing something to help US foreign relations with abusive regimes. This is a term a recently learned as “slactivism,” and it is a problem within the Internet community. I wonder how many people watched the entire 30-minute video or even checked to find out where Uganda was located before they posted or liked the same link. It’s important to share news and spread information, which the Internet is a very good tool for. However, by clicking “like” or simply reposting, we are slowly becoming a generation of “slactivists.” How will liking a post help the young girls who were kidnapped and turned into sex slaves? I understand the human compassion component, but my argument is if you really feel the need to help out and stop an abusive power, why do you think sharing the same video to your friends, who shared the same video with you, will help? Do you honestly think you’re becoming an activist by clicking like? I think spreading ideas and news is important, but I don’t think reposting is equivalent to volunteering or overthrowing. Let’s not get it twisted.