About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Monday, April 13, 2015

How Social Media Distracts

In response to the earlier Ego post, my good friend Leslie passed along this article. Excerpts:

“When the focus of our social efforts begins and ends with “raising awareness” through social media, we can’t help but become sucked into the general “me” or ego-based nature of internet politics in general. It’s all about “my” page, “my” online community, and “my” followers—while things like “our” cause, “our” struggle, or “our” progress take on a more rhetorical significance for when we want to engage more people in our individual expressions.

“In this type of egocentric cultural climate, it can be easy for activists to completely lose perspective. When we get too caught up in the reblogs, retweets, and ‘likes,’ we risk the content of our messages being overshadowed by the perception that people have of us as individuals who happen to be outspoken about these matters.”

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