Social Media and Artivism

Social media has given people a medium to express their views and participate in social activism. According to Romilios, who is the founder of Artctivism, it gives people the chance to feel like they’re being heard.
When he asked about the impact of social media activism, Romilio said: “The way I look at social media, it has its dangers. But, the world is globalised, and this is one way of recreating the feeling of being in a small town. Activism on social media can have an impact. If everyone does it responsibly and does research on the things they are speaking about, people will take notice.”
But, participating in different online campaigns could also become a trend. Following the herd mentality, people might just be participating due to their peers

Romilios said: “Don’t do it because it’s a trend. It should be something you care about otherwise it has no meaning. You have to be honest with the people in order to believe your vision. There are very few people who take the time out to do research. In case of the ALS campaign, you could have taken the challenge or donated. Yes, many people may not have known about it, but regardless the campaign helped. It spread awareness at a global level, and many stopped to read up on what ALS was. Even if you weren’t invited to do the challenge, you found out about it. However, people need to be more responsible about the activism they participate in.”
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