This week’s topics that were discussed in the ECMP 355 Class are Social Activism and Social Justice. The questions in class were “Can online social activism be meaningful and worthwhile? Is it possible to have productive conversation about social justice online?”
In the first question, sure it can be meaningful and worthwhile if one ‘feels strongly about a cause and is working towards that change’. But it also can be ‘not so good’. Why? Becuase if one speaks up and defends themselves at the topic at hand, it may not be appropriate. An example would be, as educators, you have to be a role model online and off-line for your students, parents, and your workplace. If you have written something bad in regards to kids and or schools before you decided to become an educator, that will come back to you, and possibly lose your job. I learned that everything you write or post on social networks will always be there, they will always find photos, posts, tag’s, etc. that can be a ‘not so good’ role-model.
Have a look at this clip, this is a great example: Facebook Documentary. After watching this, shouldn’t people have the right to protect themselves? Shouldn’t people be able to stand up for themselves? Facebook is a place where everyone can read and share without your consent. Even if you set your settings on private, your friends still have access and can easily share or edit! So, this also leads to social justice….
To answer question 2, can anyone have a productive conservation about social justice online? I think yes, reason being is that someone that sparks a conversation, the other person behind the screen will be waiting for the other person to comment. This may not be ‘one on one’ or looking into someone’s eyes, rather they are looking into a screen. The only thing that would bother people if they accidentally say and post something that they didn’t want to, now cannot erase it, if they were talking to each other face to face, they can easily correct it and apologize. Also, some may not be able to have a conversation. An example would be if someone is strolling through Facebook, and comes across a post and wants to voice their concerns, but also doesn’t want to start an argument, that person will simply ‘bite their tongue’ and keep strolling.
There are many mixed emotions when it comes to social activism and social justice. Some may know how to work around it and some may be professional about it. And there are some may not want anything to do with being a social activist. I believe everyone has their own opinions and comments whether they say it online or offline. But in today’s society is it safe to do so?