March 28, 2008 Urban Word of the Day
The act of participating in obviously pointless activities as an expedient alternative to actually expending effort to fix a problem.
Signing an email petition to stop rampant crime is slacktivism. Want to really make your community safer? Get off your ass and start a neighborhood watch!
The search for the ultimate feel-good that derives from having come to society's rescue without having had to actually gets one's hands dirty or open one's wallet.
It's slacktivism that prompts us to want a join a boycott of designated gas companies or eschew buying gasoline on a particular day rather than reduce our personal consumption of fossil fuels by driving less.
One of those feel-good internet campaigns that doesn't actually help anybody or has political impact. It's your way of pretending to care while sitting on your butt in front of a computer playing WoW.
Also used for people who want to get a million people on their page by before bettering themselves or the world instead of just doing it.
Girl: Let's show our support by changing our Facebook statuses to promote what color our bras are!
Boy: Why does your status say "nothing"?
Girl: I'm supporting breast cancer awareness via Facebook!
Boy: One of the best examples of slacktivism I've ever heard of...
The self-deluded idea that by liking, sharing, or retweeting something you are helping out.
John:"Did you see Facebook last night?"
Steve:"Yeah it was just a bunch of slacktivism with that Kony 2012 video"
sing your little political song
buy your thought on a political bumper sticker
buy your thoughts on a political tshirt
state your political ideas on film
write a political related term on urban dictionary
rant politics in people's ears
predict the future and speculate about political decisions
sit on the couch and watch the news to get pissed
sit on the internet ranting political statements
argue safely from your computer
spray paint some political propaganda on public restroom walls
go to weekly events to reinforce your beliefs
rant some more....
email political/religious propaganda to all your friends and tell them to forward it
write a political poem
don't use money for any cause
hide your ideas in the metaphorical world
preach to your choir
curse at your enemies from your computer
make judgement and negative assumption about every group that is different
without having all the facts..
reinforce your thoughts in a small group of people whining about the opposition
tell everyone to vote for who your voting for
pass out political flyers in public
....bitch and whine, bitch and whine
....the odd shape of the land
spoon feeding pigeons
protest in the street with signs
nag and heckle in a crowd
heckle racist comments on youtube
don't take any real action....
be passive aggressive
slacktivism is fun, easy, and builds self esteem in a cheap way.