Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Passive Activism

A friend of mine is doing an interesting series of blog posts on Passive Activism.  Simply put Passive Activism is an internet-ism that describes trying to change the world by doing something with very little effort. We see it every day on facebook with meme after meme of some picture of a child in a third world country or an animal at the pound with some caption about making the world a better place.  The people forwarding these memes fully believe they're making a difference in the world, albeit a small one, but they're not exaclty inconveniencing themselves. There's a lot of commentary online about this but I'll just leave it at that.  Just google the string what is passive activism and you'll find all kinds of opinion for or against it.

So daemonnoire's series starts with a meme (left), the passive part.  Then challenges it.  Turning passive activism into active activism. 

Anyways, it's a good read.

Here's the first post, introducing the meme: Eating Fresh.

Next she challenges the meme by attempting to reproduce their findings: Shopping Fresh.

In her third post she explores living within the confines of the meme: Breakfasting Fresh.

I imagine there will be more on the subject later this week, therefore I'll post the additional links as she publishes them. And I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

05/24/12, edited to add the next link.  Here she continues using the food purchased in the challenge to make meals for the week. [Note: her nickname is Squirrel] Crock pot fresh.

While we were at the Big Time Small Town Event (which even has its own webpage) today she confirmed there will be more in this series.

05/25/12, edited to add the final link in this particular series.  Here she presents an actual substitution that makes sense.  In other words, substituting fried chicken with a healthier alternative that will appeal to someone who wants to eat fried chicken for dinner.  It'll make sense when you read it. Chicken Good.

And Happy Towel Day everyone!

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