Sunday, August 28, 2011

Slacktivism

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism or clicktivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist.


'Walk for the cure', as if walking will do anything. Those who participate believe they are raising awareness. As if no one has been aware of cancer before? They suck friends into donating. Unfortunately, these fundraisers have high overhead costs, and much of the money goes into administration, rather than research.

If one does not donate, friends feel you do not care.
Cancer affects many. Cells that go wrong. We know how to change our lives to prevent it: eat well, fresh foods, mostly plants; exercise, keep your weight down; but no one is immune.

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