Digital activism Is something most of us have been participating in without even thinking about it! We could be sharing a video that anti bullying, political post, or even rooting for our favorite football teams. teenvogue.com even states, “Sit-ins, marches, picket signs—these are the images we conjure up when we think of activism in the traditional sense, but for teens and twenty-somethings, change is starting with the click of a mouse.” When we think about how powerful the online world can be we have to consider how powerful a movement and activism can become.
After the 2016 elections there was a lot of outrage over President Trump being elected. Much of the controversy and disagreement flooded social media and caused a massive split in users. Their were Pro Trump voters celebrating their victory and months of posting, There where the pro Hilary supporters posting their outrage and concern about the country. Most of these post were negative or directed at something and can be seen as negative and un influential. I on the other hand see it differently. I think when all the concern and outrage reached the ears of President Trump it was another tool for the American citizens to keep him in check. Im not saying that President Trump was going to or is still going to do something drastically wrong (I am/was a Trump Supporter), but it definitely caught his attention to let him know the American citizens were paying attention.
Digital Activism can be a powerful thing, but we also need to realize the consequence of out activism as well. Many of the people our age and going into teaching may be Pro Cannabis in the United States. Though we have our opinions we need to also realize many of us will be in search of jobs in states where it is not legal. We need to recognize if we are openly protesting the legalization it could impact our job searches in the future. Anything posted on social media can impact our lives just as much as saying it person to person. Tht includes invoking our 1st amendment rights. We must use proper digital citizenship in order to not only protect ourselves but our futures as well.
Overall I see digital activism as a positive thing in our world. We however need to be careful and remember not to push the limits of what we and and do in public and stoop down to being un professional. Everything we do online is like a permanent marker. Its never erased.