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Can online activism make a true impact? In this week’s episode Maddie and Liz dive into the world of “clicktivism”, its benefits, its disadvantages and all of the above.  Online activism can sometimes get a bad rep! One main point that Maddie drives home is that our digital spaces are incredibly intertwined with the physical spaces we interact with. It is essential that we treat our digital spaces and physical spaces with the same effort of kindness and compassion. We encourage our listeners to reflect on their interactions within digital spaces and how social justice and advocacy is intertwined within their daily lives both physically and digitally.

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One of our favorite things about studying communications in college is that sometimes we get to double dip! It is always so fun to apply our podcasting skills to class projects. This semester we are taking a course called “Creating Digital Content” (perfect for us right?!) The class is taught through a lens of kindness and social justice, ensuring that the next generation of content creators will positively impact digital spaces. In this course we learned what NOT to do and the importance of making the internet an equitable and inclusive place. We discussed the ways in which the internet can be a dumpster fire, however it is possible that through kindness, through justice and through compassion we can extinguish these flames.

In this podcast episode titled "Clicktivism: Positively Impactful or Informative" we talked about 4 distinct articles that were actually class reading assignments in which we frame our discussion. First we chatted about a BBC article titled “The subtle ways that ‘clicktivism’ shapes the world.” This article by Richard Fisher debunks the myth that online activism is ineffective. We know from our own personal experience with Courageously Kind and Face Equality that this myth is completely false!


Next we dove into the incredible TedTalk from Lisa Nakamura titled “The internet is a dumpster fire. Here's how to fix it. Nakamura does an excellent job of describing the complex reality of how communities form on the internet and how folks interact with each other in digital spaces. Although she starts with pointing out all the ways in which the internet is like a dumpster fire she concludes with an emphasis on kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.


We also chatted about a fascinating conversation, converted into a written piece titled “Whose Internet Is It Anyways?: A Dialogue on Race, Gender, and The Digital Spaces.” We dove into the complex nature of who has the loudest voice on the internet and who has the opportunity to share their message. 


This brought us to our last article by an activist who we recognized as one of our kindness heroes years ago! Alice Wong wrote an incredibly eye opening article titled “Net Neutrality, Accessibility and the Disability Community” this article is a MUST read! It gives authentic insight on how the disability community exists in digital spaces and the need for equality and equity within internet spheres. 


All of these articles serve as a great diving board into the pool of online activism and our conversation barely scratched the surface of this incredibly complex topic. You can listen to this episode wherever you find your podcast!

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