Activism

Wired: Paper Airplane Activism. Tired: Hashtag Activism. Expired…

...Activia probiotic yogurt? CNN's #FlyToFreedom campaign asks people to make paper airplanes to protest slavery.

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CNN recently launched its "Freedom Project," which is designed to call attention to the planet's "20 to 36 million slaves" by having its anchors and viewers make paper airplanes and challenge celebrities to "fly to freedom."

Go here to watch CNN's Richard Quest, arguably best-known for being arrested in New York's Central with drugs in his pocket and a rope tied around his neck and genitals (none of which should be illegal), explain the concept.

And gaze to the right to see Wolf Blitzer in a selfie he shared today on Twitter. Blitzer also challenged rapper Drake and singer/dancer Paula Abdul to join him in the effort.

Not long ago, hashtag activism was being touted as an easy and effective way to combat all the ills of the world (remember #bringbackourgirls?). That didn't work out so well, because it turns out that Twitter and Instagram images are no substitute for thoughtful policy making.

But then again, perhaps the point of such activism is less about achieving desired results and more about literally posturing in all the right ways.

Hat tip: Shoshana Weissmann.

Take it away, Remy and Reason TV, with "I Need a Hashtag":

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  1. The point of activism is to convince people with both the power and motivation to spend both doing the things you want them to do.

    1. I thought the point of activism was for vapid dolts to trick people into thinking they’re actually deep and interesting.

      1. Virtue signalling.
        It’s why white people get offended at racism, on behalf of minorities. Pathetic to witness, but hilarious when it backfires.

      2. +1 “I care”

    2. Ain’t that the truth. During my commute home tonight, I was next to a car with two bumper stickers. The first read, “Activism is my tax for living on earth.” See, this person is making a tremendous sacrifice by tweeting, hash tagging, bumper sticker-ing, and just all around caring so much more than the rest of this. Oh, and since she’s already paid her taxes through her selfless activism, she doesn’t need *her* taxes raised. The 1% can pay for all her causes.

      The second bumper sticker read, “Change the way you see, not the way you look.” I pulled alongside her. Yep, she’s fat. Since she’s lacking the motivation to exercise and eat less, it’s up to the rest of us to see her differently. I’ll get right on that.

      #sjwwtf

  2. Wait, I thought Boko Haram surrendered because of all the negative comments they got on their Twitter feed.

    1. I know Ol’ Joe Kony gave it up because of the Facebook campaign.

    2. I left a scathing yelp review but changed it to five stars after a rep sorted out my issues.

  3. Im making over $9k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do,

    ———- http://www.onlinejobs100.com

  4. I picture two old guys laying down a Trading Places-style bet, and going to Ted Turner.

  5. best-known for being arrested in New York’s Central with drugs in his pocket and a rope tied around his neck and genitals (none of which should be illegal), explain the concept.

    Well, if he wasn’t before, he is now.

  6. What is Wolf’s hand doing in his pants?

    1. baggage check. you’re allowed 2 carry on items. he doesn’t have any.

  7. re: Wolf Blitzer. That is a picture, not a selfie.

    That is all.

  8. What is this I keep hearing about ending savory? Not everything can be sweet or salty. Why do we have to lose our choice in this matter? Why are we to be forced to act against our will?

    I support savory and I refuse to give it up!

    1. Fuck off, savor?

    2. I order extra MSG on everything.

  9. Blitzer also challenged rapper Drake and singer/dancer Paula Abdul to join him in the effort.

    Their reply should be “Fuck off, slaver!”

  10. Say, whatever did happen to all those girls Boko kidnapped?

    Seriously.

    I expect they wound up dead or in a slave market somewhere. A followup article would be nice.

    1. Ye ask, and ye shall receive:

      Not one student has been rescued …
      In the first days after the abduction, 57 of the girls managed to escape from their captors. But not one has been rescued since then. An estimated 219 remain missing.

      … Even though they were reportedly located in the months after the attack
      In May, a Nigerian military official claimed he knew where the girls were being held. In July, U.S. surveillance planes spotted groups that officials believed to be the girls.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..56592.html

  11. CNN recently launched its “Freedom Project,” which is designed to call attention to the planet’s “20 to 36 million slaves” by having its anchors and viewers make paper airplanes and challenge celebrities to “fly to freedom.”

    So what now?

  12. And gaze to the right to see Wolf Blitzer in a selfie he shared today on Twitter. Blitzer also challenged rapper Drake and singer/dancer Paula Abdul to join him in the effort.

    Can’t we just go back to the ice bucket challenge and call it even?

  13. Hey, serious question, when Michelle Obama posed with the #BringBackOurGirls sign, who was she talking to? I mean, you’re the wife of the leader of the free world…

  14. Apparently the adults didn’t want the college kids to have the stupid train all to themselves.

  15. Can we attach a rope to the collective genitals of all CNN talking heads and attach the other end to a real plane? Say an F-16?

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