>I have been following recently many of the bloggers that label themselves as activists, and relate themselves to different types of nouns and adjectives that end with suffixes like -ist -ism and so on. And honestly I was disappointed; my personal opinion is that most of them are not up to the description they give about themselves.
Activism, in the lebanese blogosphere is not very much more than an image and a social status, they get a bit of recognition from here and there, the traditional media is curious about this phenomena that is, nonetheless, vibrant and promising. However, changing avatars and profile pictures each time something we don’t like happens, and writing posts with, “attitude”, and giving interviews to famous arab and western channels, well, is far from activism. What has been achieved is very little from a community that has been active in “activism” for a few years now, the only positive outcome that I’ve noticed was the campaign against the lebanese ICT law which was effective, but when it comes to other issues, things remained very limited.
I’ll give examples, there was this march for secularism, I forgot what they called it, it was a very nice idea, but then what? nothing happened and we forgot about it.
There was this campaign about arabic language, okay we all wrote a couple of lines in arabic and then what? it died.
There was this campaign about racism in Lebanon, we’ve seen a couple of videos and then what? it died.
The whole blogosphere was criticizing when a blogger was questioned and 4 facebookers were arrested for insulting the president and then what? nothing happened.
I mean when it comes to secularism, why no other events where organized, why nothing was continued to use the momentum that was gained during that event?
Concerning the arabic language promotion, a follow up on it in a different form would be nice too, or else, why to raise this topic in the first place?
About racism, and the twisted laws in Lebanon, all tweeters and bloggers meet constantly, is it hard to agree on trying to contact deputies and law makers? just to try to get appointments to meet them raise these topics with them and push them to change these laws or create new laws. You voted for them, so it’s about time to be active and hold them responsible for what they are doing and follow up closely on it on your blogs.
Many other things can be done so that activism can have a sense and some results on the ground. My wish today and through this post is that activist bloggers apply more perseverance, and work through effective steps to make a significant change happen. Talking to a community of hundreds of your blog readers or even thousands doesn’t make a difference if you’re not actually making a difference.