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The Daily Poll

Poll: Is online activism effective?

Do you think “clicktivism” can utilise the Internet to facilitate meaningful social or political action?

ONLINE ACTIVISM HAS come under the spotlight lately following the Kony 2012 campaign – which saw almost 90 million people watch a video, Invisible Children, online.

Speaking to, Nate Prosser of said that online activism – sometimes called “clicktivism” – encourages meaningful change when used appropriately.

Supporters of clicktivism say the method utilises the Internet to facilitate social or political action by ‘spreading the word’ and creating a greater level of engagement with a cause.

However, critics say actions which require little time or involvement (for example, signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social networking website) are not meaningful – and, at best, ineffectual. As such, this type of behaviour has earned the derogatory nickname “slackvitism”.

More radical online activists such as Anonoymous (often referred to as “hacktivists”) can split opinion – but also engage in more niche activities than those used the general public.

We’d like to know whether you think social action online valuable to a cause, or if it discourages real and substantial action.

Do you think online activism is effective?

Poll Results:

Yes (593)
No (574)
I don't know (117)

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