I found Alexis Manrodt’s article, The New Face of Teen Activism, very interesting. Every generation has their political and moral battles. Our generation protests against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification. Anyone who has looked through Facebook or Twitter in the past few weeks has seen many of their friends opinions on issues such as the use of the confederate flag, the legalization of marriage, and Caitlyn Jenner’s sex change. Many of my teenage friends, and I, use Facebook as a way to make our opinions on the injustice against others known. Using the internet to express our generation’s point of view should not be looked at as “slackivism,” as Manrodt states many believe our generations form of activism is, but as innovative. The internet can reach millions of people from across the globe, and though a single blog post might not change the mind of millions: it could do some good. Though we are not leaving home to protest with picket signs, we are making our unpopular opinion known.
Our generation has already accomplished so much when battling discrimination against trans and homosexual persons. Caitlyn Jenner leads and ever booming campaign against the mistreatment of trans in schools, the military, and in relation to crime. She has even influenced the decision to bring trans persons into the military. If you have been on facebook, you may have seen many of your friends change their profile pictures to rainbows. Simply putting a rainbow over their profile picture announces to the world that they believe in the equal treatment of gays. Mary tells readers in her article, The Six Activist Function of Technology, that social media and blogs can be used to raise awareness about and issue, raise money for an issue, protect the protesters of the issue, plan action, and shape public opinion. A collection of like-minded people from around the world can get together on the internet and figure out how to do good when it comes to their specific issue. The internet is also a safe place to protest because the protester can stay anonymous. Information for those who have been thinking of suicide, have been abused, or are in need of addiction help can be accessed through the internet. If just one person is saved from suicide by a blog post of a teenage girl who has gone through the same thing, then posting was worth it. Our generation can harness the internet to do good (rather than what most do with it now -netflix and gossip) and spread awareness about the equality of all. Do not be afraid to share your opinions, even if they are unpopular, and to take matters into your own hands.
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