Activism or Slacktivism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Social Media in Contemporary Student Activism

@article{Cabrera2017ActivismOS,
  title={Activism or Slacktivism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Social Media in Contemporary Student Activism},
  author={Nolan L. Cabrera and Cheryl E. Matias and Roberto Montoya},
  journal={Journal of Diversity in Higher Education},
  year={2017},
  volume={10},
  pages={400–415}
}
The emergence of social media has greatly influenced 21st-century student activism. It has also given rise to the birth of “slacktivism,” an online form of self-aggrandizing, politically ineffective activism. This theoretical article delves into the conceptualizations of what constitutes student activism versus slacktivism in a digital age. While there are distinctions between the 2, we highlight how most discussions of activism describe how activism is done as opposed to what it is. Within… Expand
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