aka posting articles on facebook and reblogging things on tumblr, but I don’t really do anything about the things I post (protests, donations, signing petitions, changing my behavior). This was pointed out to me by a close friend whose opinion and insight I treasure.
She told me that posting an article to facebook and/or tumblr serves very basic needs: they are communities of people who already agree with me. I need to leave my room or use my wallet if I want to help out. I agree with this, a lot. As a result, I am going to try and keep the article posts/reblogs of certain hot-button issues to a minimum. I am going to try to balance this out by actually going out and volunteering, donating, and taking to the streets.
While awareness is important, I don’t have enough of a tumblr following to change a stranger’s mind, and all of my facebook friends think like me. Posting articles and reblogging political posts just serve my own egotistical needs.
There are charities here around Chicago that accept tiny monthly donations I am going to look into. There is no shortage of centers to volunteer at in a city of this size. There are so many online communities that meet IRL I can join in just one click.
I guess I am just tired of all the digital baggage I drag through the mud.
For a few years, a young radical group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank have committed random acts of violence and vandalization against Palestinians and their property to make them pay the price for affronting their way of life. They call themselves “Pricetaggers,” and they’ve largely avoided prosecution by Israeli authorities.
VICE News gets rare access to the young members of the Price Tag movement—at the homecoming of Moriah Goldberg, 20, who just finished a three-month sentence for throwing stones at Palestinians. She and her family remain proud of the act, even as the current conflict in Gaza was sparked after an all-too-familiar round of retributive violence.
No better than the nazis.