Speak Your Mind: Internet Activism

If you’ve been on Facebook anytime in the last 36 hours, you’ve probably seen more than a little red. If you were logged into my account (hey, get outta there!) you would noticed a vast sea of red. That’s because the U.S. Supreme court heard cases regarding the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing as legal the marriage of two people of the same sex.

But I don’t really want to talk about that. I want to get your views on the phenomenon of showing support for a cause via social networking sites.

I’ll admit, I changed my Facebook profile picture to reflect my support for marriage equality, I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t think I’m going to sway the SCOTUS. (I mean, Ruth Bader Ginsburg won’t even accept my friend request.) Nor is this an issue that is having a PR problem. Awareness doesn’t really need to be raised. But I changed my profile picture anyway.

Do you change your social media accounts to reflect support for one cause or another? Do you think it helps? If not, why do you do it?

Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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  1. This is the first time I’ve changed it for anything. I would be surprised if anyone who’s friends with me _didn’t_ know where I stand on equality (for it). However, I felt it was worthwhile to show solidarity for anyone who might be more comfortable, feel some sense of community by seeing it. Since it also pertains to a court case that will end, the image can go away. Unlike, you know, awareness for an issue..

    And to needle any quote-unquote conservative friends.

    • Ah, needling “conservative” friends is the best. Although TBH I play a little fast and loose with the unfriend button. Sometimes the hate can be overwhelming. I hadn’t actually thought about making LGBT friends feel more comfortable. Huh. I guess I’m a little self-centered.

      • I’m not friends with anyone who is an outright bigot, however, I do have Facebook friends who have very different political views, and some of the aspects of those views have an aspect which is discriminatory. The ones I can think of are generally good people, and I keep trying to poke ‘em closer and closer to thinking about real equality. Since I don’t really have a lot of exposure to ideas which are contrary or even antithetical to my own, it’s also a nice reminder that there are people I interact with who really, really don’t agree with me.

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