Politically correct Internet activism organizations
Politically correct Internet activism organizations are various organizations organizing and supporting Internet based activism that promote politically correct agendas. It includes signing online petitions and sending these as well as large amounts of emails and tweets to decision makers. Other variants include organizing real-world stunts and spectacular advertisements that are promoted and followed online.
There are some similarities with the tactics used by older organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace (such as mass mailing to decision makers and spectacular stunts in order get mass media attention) but the newer organizations rely relatively more on the Internet.
Various organizations organize this. Some are for-profit businesses despite relying on the work of unpaid leftist activists. The founders, sponsors, and management are in many cases overlapping. Wealthy leftist individuals such as George Soros have been claimed to be to some degree behind some of these organizations. Some examples include:
- All Out - allout.org
- Avaaz - avaaz.org
- GetUp! - getup.org.au/
- MoveOn - moveon.org/
- SumOfUs - SumOfUs.org
- 38 Degrees - 38 Degrees.co.uk
The activism has been criticized as "slacktivism" which is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little physical or practical effect, other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed. Slacktivism can be defined as the act of showing support for a cause but only truly being beneficial to the egos of people participating in this so-called activism. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist.
If politically correct activism such as signing online petitions actually causes changes, then this may be related to factors such as decision makers getting a distorted view on public opinion and/or fearing negative publicity in the politically correct mass media.
- Virtue signalling - important motivation for the activism