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Internet prompting "Slactivism"

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s activism the old-fashioned way and then there’s activism some people are calling the lazy way. But what constitutes “slacktivism”?

Old school activists are used to protest marches and writing letters. But according to the National Post, the Internet is turning activism into slacktavism – basically activism made easy.

For example, with just the click of a mouse over 2 million people joined the now defunct Facebook page favouring onion rings over teen pop singer Justin Bieber, or more seriously, over 200,000 joined Facebook’s Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament.

But it’s not all the Internet. Some say wearing wristbands or awareness bracelets with political messages, or taking part in short-term boycotts like Earth Hour or Buy Nothing Day is lazy activism.

Some may question the sincerity but in the end, at least people are still interested in certain causes.