Does social media affect people? If we are connected to any social media, the platform has been a slacktivism at one point or another. Social activism is a good thing because it helps you have wealth, opportunities, and other privileges. The power of social media is hard to dismiss. What once seemed like a trivial way to keep in touch with friends, sharing photos and jokes, has become a force for societal change, shining light on subjects previously unknown, deepening conversations and empowering citizens of the world to unite and effect change in a number of ways. Interestingly, social media as a medium for connecting, organizing and communicating is powering and spreading democracy.
In the article, By Kate Essig article “Activism Or Slacktivism? How Social Media Hurts And Helps Student Activism” She writes about the opposing viewpoints between being active and the idea of just reading about a topic and liking it. Consequently, she even mentions how it is "like wearing a pin" since it holds no real purpose. However, she then quotes Christine LaFon who said that "awareness is given" meaning that since many people can probably read, they are already aware of issues that people are struggling with. Now people have to actually be active if they want to help change something. In the article “We Shall Overcome," the students said to the police that kept growing. The students had so much enthusiasm because they cared about protesting in what they believed in.