Advocacy and political activism have become part of the social media ecosystem. Pew Research data shows roughly 76% of Americans say that social media makes people think they are making a difference when they really aren’t.
Yet more of us are turning to social media as a primary way to engage with social and political movements. The rise in “hashtag activism” may feel empowering. It also may be preventing us from more effectively pushing for needed policy changes across the racial justice, women’s rights, LGTBQ+, and climate change movements.
In this episode, we take you beyond the hashtag to explore the impacts of social media activism – and examine the limitations of so-called “slacktivism” online.
Listen in as we talk with Jeremy Holden of the ALS Association, Monica Anderson from the Pew Research Center, Ben Finzel with RenewPR, Co-Founder of the Black Resilience Fund Cameron Whitten, and Morgan Rider from the Climate Trust.