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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Definitions for slacktivism

  1. actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk: students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.

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Citations for slacktivism
The [Ice Bucket] challenge was derided as “slacktivism”—a way for people to feel virtuous without doing much. James Surowiecki, "What Happened to the Ice Bucket Challenge?" The New Yorker, July 25, 2016
If a little bit of slacktivism means closing the enthusiasm and engagement gap, motivating others to action and expressing your right to political speech, that sounds like something you can feel proud of. Jamie Hodari, "In praise of slacktivism: Your cliche Facebook post can still make a difference," Washington Post, February 2, 2017
Origin of slacktivism
1995-2000
Slacktivism is a portmanteau formed from the terms slacker and activism. It is first recorded between 1995 and 2000.