I suppose we all do a little of it. We post the occasional snarky Facebook status about one candidate or another, we mention which way we lean as if it is decidedly the thinking person’s way, or we place blame for our handbasket-to-hell course on a specific party or ideology. We all know who the idiots are. It’s them.
Getting all revved up about the state of things seems pretty commonplace. But follow up—actually doing something about those strong convictions—is a rarer bird. For the record, posting an endless stream of links to prove and support whichever brand of crazy you subscribe to doesn’t really count as activism. It’s more inactivism, the official sport of the “I’ll get the word out and then somebody else will do something with it” crowd.
The thing is, that ‘birds of a feather thing’ is fairly accurate, so what usually happens is one post leads to a dozen reposts which lead to oodles more. All getting the word out. None doing something with it.
Plus, I’d bet a week’s pay that most of the posters and reposters don’t take the time to check the validity of the crapola they click and share. The crazier the claim, the more it gets shared. This guy personally did this, that guy is responsible for that, his brother is an alien sent here to suck out our brains, the other guy drowns kittens in his bathtub for Saturday afternoon fun. Whoever sits in the Oval Office is surely to blame when some low-level worker bee in some tiny offshoot governmental office steals ten bucks from petty cash. Impeach the bastard. He let it happen.
We Facebook, blog, and tweet. And then we take a nap. Yeah, that’ll turn this place around.
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