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Tweets Mean Nothing Without Action

Computers and Twitter have created “slacktivism.”.

If you’re watching a screen, you’re probably not making revolution.

We’re glued to our seats slothfully voicing our opinion on Twitter and Facebook without actually doing the work.

It’s one of the biggest ironies of our time, that the Internet has inspired opinion but so few are actually doing anything about it. A Tweet is a passive action. Imagine Rosa Parks sitting at the back of the bus Tweeting out her frustration instead of taking a stand and securing her front row seat. A real-world action is the only world-changing statement.

Nevertheless, the incredible benefit of social networks is the launch of major movements and sustained momentum, as we saw with SOPA. The disagreement online was relentless, and lawmakers had no choice but to cave into sentiment and squash the proposed law. In this case, people that ordinarily couldn’t reach Washington sat from their computers and blasted their vented frustration away, in the millions of emails and calls to senators. Online mass is an incredible surging force of big change.

We’ll always have the lazy online vocalists and the actual doers of change. But they need to work more in tandem. There needs to be a better way to organize online opposition into physical street teams, the ones that revolutionize in the streets. All permanent change requires physical force.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.