Clicktivism: Does It Reduce Complex Social and Political Issues to 'Please Share This'?

3 Apr 2012

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Is clicktivism a real game changer? Or does it simply create the illusion that people are part of some revolutionary force for change? Can clicktivism replace real social activism? Is the role of facebook and twitter overestimated when it comes to revolutionary changes? These are some of the questions put to a panel of Internet experts by Russia Today's Peter Lavelle.

Geert Lovink author of "Networks Without a Cause" says clicking and sharing in and of itself is not very meaningful, but its residual outcome does have the effect of feeding social movements via organized networks supported by networked technology. This is what will replace the old forms of political parties and trade unions, he contends.

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