Participation is a key element in getting major social problems solved. The way we act as a whole comes in many different forms. For some, they prefer the more digital passive movements. Some, the more active physical type.The difference is how close the problem hits home. And with that, you will be able to gauge our reactions. A couple real life examples are listed below.
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After the video Jason Russel, co-founder of the Invisible Children, posted the video talking about Kony, the digital world and social media went into a mass hysteria and began to do everything and anything they could. Kony Kits were bought, clubs were made, online sites dedicated to Kony 2012 began to spring up like wild grass. Even though the movement was massive and had great participation, it was a blind movement.
When SOPA took away our Internet, the reaction was explosive. People called senators and blew up, what remained of, the Internet.However, the Kony movement was a blind movement that was more for outward appearances than for helping those in "need." When a social problem directly affects us, we will fight tooth and nail to get the problem resolved. If it doesn't affect us, we put on a false facade that we care, but participate with uninformed beliefs. This really exemplifies our selfish needs as human beings. So the question remains, when a problem doesn't affect us directly, how far will we go?