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It seems we are never at a loss for some type of human rights crisis.
The 6,000 tweets posted on Twitter every second, according to Zephoria.com, are always buzzing with activism hash tags, as users across the globe attempt to show their support and thoughts on any given issue. But, does it actually make a difference?

and increase participation, while critics argue a simple hash tag does not

There are strong arguments on both sides of the #Activism vs.

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#Slacktivism debate. Proponents say activism helps to raise awareness

make any substantial difference and creates a false sense of helping.

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Chapman, now a freshman at St. John’s University, believes otherwise. “It is not laziness, but a new privilege that has been widespread to all

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people of different races, backgrounds, and financial statuses,” she said.

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due to social media activism, and the first step to solving a problem

is raising awareness, according to Armana Islam, a senior at SHS, the

avid social activist.

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very pretty on Twitter, but a hash tag is not a movement. A hash tag
does not make you Dr. King. A hash tag does not change anything. It’s#Sandy a hash tag. It’s you, sitting on your butt, typing on your computer, and

#BthleancgokinsgLbiavcketMobaintgte-ewratchingyourfavoriteshow,”Rhimessaid. Is she right? Can using hash tags to promote world issues and events actually hurt the cause? If people tweet a hash tag, and don’t actually volunteer or donate to the issue, is it still considered activism? Over 50% of Americans agree it is an effective form of showing advocacy or support, according to a study by Cone Communications.

Celina Chapman, an alum from Shelton High, is in agreement with the 58%, “I believe it’s … an incomparable outlet for the voiceless. Those who do not have the abilities to attend rallies are able to have an input on what’s going on,” she said.

Although Rhimes called social media activism a form of inaction,

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There does not seem to be any harm in showing your support for an

think that hashtags necessarily create change, but I do think they can
get something going,” Islam said. A hash tag may not change the #Kony2012 world, but it can inspire someone to.

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