Activism Online: More than just a petition.
09:01:03 Activism Online: More than just a petition.
The network, since its inception, has always been associated with an imaginary intelligences intangible assets that communicate through nodes at a rate spread, beyond the usual limits of time and space. Much of this imagery is certainly fascinating from the emotional point of view, but sometimes little relation to reality. Other topical aspects of the network are progressively confirmed, for example, online activism following strategies and tactics that put him in a different plane than activism "traditional", you lose something in terms of physicality, but you gain in the plan of immediacy and ubiquity in the dissemination of information. If you decide to use the technology in a different way compared to how "from library", actually the new technological means possible in a short time to implement "actions", involving the widespread use a large amount of people. Many American sites have told the story of Sara Iglesias, a girl of 29 years who had never participated actively in marches and similar situations, but the network was looking for a way to make your voice heard: browsing the site of ' activist Michael Moore, and 'arrived within a few links to the site of the " Answer "(International Act Now to Stop War and Racism) by providing your e-mail address. Within three weeks has become the leader of a group large enough to fill a bus in October, he traveled to the capital to carry on their protest. Sarah Sloan, a component of Answer, says that his association is able to organize a protest within one hour of the bombing of a country by the U.S. government, all within a network of mailing lists, websites, wireless message. Many practices of activism are often not very useful, and sometimes even harmful, such as petitions used as a "virus" designed to clog your mailbox and slow down traffic on line, or to "capture" the names of possible signers. Other times, the petitions are useful, especially if in the form of personal e-mail direct to individual politicians, as stated by Howard Rheingold, author of "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution," which analyzes how, through new technologies, were well coordinated protests from the Philippines to the streets of Seattle. Sites that prove to be effective, however, for online petitions are e.thePeople, ThePetitionSite and PetitionOnline, or sites such as MoveOn.org that promote fundraising for issues of public interest.