The Psychological Strains of Digital Activism

By Cameran Ashraf

There are different kinds of digital activists. Some focus on Twitter or spreading information. Others mobilize support on Facebook. A few make posters, motivational videos, or leverage other talents. Some provide direct technological support to movements and activists in-country… There is something to geographically distant material engagement which pushes ones feelings to the margins, to the point where your body lives on the time in another land and the only thing motivating you is the pureness of help itself… While much is made of digital activism and the ability afforded us by the Internet to help, little is made of its costs on those who do help. Because of one’s extreme virtual proximity, intense feelings of inadequacy and of “not doing enough” emerge… [There is often a need for a] healing process and … coming to terms with feelings of not doing enough, not helping enough, and not being enough.

http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/04/17/the-psychological-strains-of-digital-activism/

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