Gloria Steinem’s “Raising a baby online”: challenges of online activism

Posted on 04 October 2011 by

In a Huffington Post interview, Gloria Steinem gives a spot-on and concise analysis of the challenges of online activism -part balance, part ability to transfer an online “Like” click to a sustained, meaningful, and successful activism effort:

The Internet is an almost miraculous way of getting information, of finding and organizing with each other, both minutely and globally — a million times better than the phone and the mimeograph when we started this wave! Also much better than TV, which is one-way and passive; a plug-in drug. But every medium has its danger. The danger of the Internet is cocooning with the like-minded on line — of sending an email or twitter and confusing that with action — while the real corporate and military and government centers of power go right on. In a way, the highest purpose of the Internet is to bring us together for empathy and action. After all, the reflector cells and empathy-producing chemicals in our brains only work when we’re physically together with all five senses. You can’t raise a baby online.

2011 Youth Tech Festival, Amman, Jordan

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