My latest is up now at Literally, Darling, and it's something I've wanted to write about for a long time. Having studied international politics, the rise of what I consider "tragedy memes" really irks me. On one hand, I think it's great that people are spreading the word and learning about what's going on around the world. But on the other hand, most people are at best learning some buzzwords and talking points, not in any way contextualizing the issue, and very quickly casting it aside when something new hits the 'net.
"This is what awareness without action does. The Internet has created a cycle by which human suffering is made real, then viral to the point of abstraction, and finally relegated to the dustier corners of the web. To raise the profile of important issues, groups have to rely on the illusion of change created by signing petitions and liking Facebook pages. But most have been unable to capitalize on all that raised awareness and actually achieve the goals that brought interest in the first place. When all the likes and signatures don’t bring about change, the public loses interest and the opportunity—if ever there truly was one—is gone forever."
Read the full piece here, and share your thoughts on the topic!
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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