Panel Questions/Comments & Answer
The Activism vs. Slacktivism Debate Panel answer questions and respond to comments.
- Why did the 2005 protests to oust Egypt's Hosni Mubarak not succeed while the 2011 did succeed. Did social media make the difference?
- What role do metrics play in activism? Aren't they necessary to know what is being achieved?
- How does Amnesty validate the news coming via Twitter from the middle east. What happens if these tweets are not true?
- What are the implication for the nature of networks and how organisation networks with each other and with members?
- Since many of the people involved in the 'Arab Spring' protests were young and had grown up with the Internet, what is the importance of this in what happened?
- What does the panel think about persona management and the corruption of online debate (e.g. as raised by George Monbiot)
- The assumption is that social media is distributing power, but it is also increasingly concentrating power in a few big corporations like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo. Doesn't that have a serious implication for the capacity of these channels for social change.
by Caroline Puntis — published Mar 21, 2011,