Changing the World One Status Update at a Time
Can the momentum and energy of marches and rallies be recreated online? Can an in-your-face political movement happen if everyone involved is at home in front of a computer the whole time?
Granted, the Internet makes spreading the word to people who already agree exponentially easier. It’s an undisputed revolution in community-building, but what if the purpose of the community in question is not just to connect with people who agree with you, but to be seen by those who don’t? A march in the street intrudes into the daily lives of people who might otherwise be completely unfamiliar with the cause, whereas people generally only read their friends' Facebook statuses. And if, in doing so, they do happen upon an unfamiliar idea, it's much easier to ignore. It will be right next to drunk pictures from last night and flip updates about homework and boyfriends.Posting a link may be much easier than standing on a street corner and handing out pamphlets, but that's exactly the problem. Protests feed on the passion that it takes to get that many people out of their homes and into the streets. The willingness to take the extra step and spend a day in the freezing cold or the hot sun shows the commitment that is needed to effect any kind of change.