This is a blog post I did struggle to write. Personally, social activism is not something that I partake in. I believe in things and would like to take a stand, but the thought of “The Internet Is Written in Ink, Not Pencil” does scare me. I want to get on social media to enjoy what I see and catch up with others. Even with that, I have muted people on my “friends list” who partake in controversial social activism. I believe in freedom of speech. However, I believe that I also have the right to take in what I would like on my social media. After a long day, I do not want to see my friend debating their knowledge on a hot topic in the news.
All that being said, my views have shifted slightly. I have realized that not every act of activism has to be on a large scale. An example of this would be the NeverSeconds movement by Martha Payne, a nine-year-old girl in Scotland who was not satisfied with her lunches. She used her blog as an outlet to get her message out. She was able to see change due to her blog, and I like seeing that outlet of activism. However, my partner has told me that it seems I’m fine with activism as long as it doesn’t make me uncomfortable, which could be true. After a deeper look, it’s not that the subject makes me uncomfortable. It is just that I would not put my thoughts “in ink” online at the risk of being viewed negatively by the public or an employer.
I do appreciate the idea that people who feel alone in their fight can turn to the internet to feel as if they are not alone. I think positive change has happened due to social activism, so I think there is a place for it in the world. I just know my views need to shift to see the good and not just the debates on my social media.
I’m sorry this is a spotty blog post. As I said, this was a blog post I did struggle to write with many conflicting thoughts within my own head
Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great week!