Is Social Media a Tool for Activism — or a Distraction From It?

In a digital world, it’s becoming harder and harder to identify and pursue impactful action

Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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Her bio reads “change-maker, ground-shaker, and activist.” She tells everyone she meets she is a social justice warrior. She has strong opinions about how to make the world a better place and she isn’t afraid to share them.

Her days are filled with the busyness of that change-making and ground-shaking. Hours and hours of posting videos on social media, sharing her opinions on issues of equality, war, and reproductive justice. But that, she believes, isn’t the real fight.

The real fight comes later, during the hours of scrolling she does, through other people’s content. She notices someone commenting about confusion on a particular issue in the comment section of another content creator’s video. She steps in, typing a searing condemnation of the woman’s character — a truly good person wouldn’t have any confusion over the issue being discussed.

She then goes on to leave several more comments on other creators’ videos, criticizing their stance and lack of conviction, occasionally pointing out that some of these women have no business being on social media because their views are uneducated and short-sighted.

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Y.L. Wolfe
Liberty

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