Working for Justice in a Digital World: From Internet Activism to Digital Citizenship

Technology may be good, or it may be evil, but whatever it is, it is not neutral. But rather than getting bogged down in debate over internet technologies’ merits, or sticking to a surface conversation of the “appropriate use of technology”, we  will discuss whether or not it is possible to be your true, authentic self, in online activism. In this session we will analyze three recent instances of internet activism to understand how the medium (online tool) changes the content (what is said). Just as it is important to understand the difference between a scalpel and a butter knife, it is important to understand the implications of choosing one means of activism over another. Join us as we discuss ways to move from armchair activism, to digital citizenry and ponder the question, how do you take meaningful action for social justice?

There is no shortage of issues to be passionate about; you may feel the need or desire to take to social media to promote the causes that break your heart. What can be learned from youth activist movements of the past and what is the impact of our current context? We will review a brief history of student activism in the United States, in addition to exploring topics such as “slacktivism” and faith rooted advocacy and what it means to be a community.

Conversational Practice for our Day of Common Learning Session

Depending on the number of participants, the class be will divided into three groups for a mix of small and large group discussion, in addition to a brief period of presentation/lecture. Please be prepared to reflect and share your thoughts with others.

header image credit: Steve Kaiser, WTO protests 10, WTO protests in Seattle, November 30, 1999. https://goo.gl/xKPeUu

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