Word of the Day: Misogynoir

From Gradient Lair via ethiopienne: Misogynoir is a word used to describe how racism and anti-Blackness alter the experience of misogyny for Black women, specifically. It alludes to specifically Black women’s experiences with gender and how both racism and anti-Blackness alters that experience diametrically from White women… and differently from non-Black women of colour…. I…

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Could Activism Be a Science?

Many would say no, because they understand science to be a system of broadly accepted methods which result in predictable outcomes. Activism is unpredictable, they would argue. It cannot be easily categorized. But that is not what science is. Science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and…

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Study Campaigns, Not Social Movements

Some people study the effects of digital media on social movements.  I don’t, I study campaigns.  Here’s why. Social movements and campaigns are not interchangeable terms, yet they are connected. There are a range of interpretations of the term social movement, but the consensus definition requires organized collective action, some of which is extra-institutional, with…

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Activism of Bits / Activism of Bodies

Australian digital campaigning organization GetUp! is getting heavy criticism.  The organization, similar to MoveOn.org in the US, is fighting the privatization of public broadcasting and some people aren’t happy about it.  Their members aren’t just being called “clicktivists,” a familiar taunt, they’re being called “sheep.” A GetUp! staffer recently defended the group and its tactics.  “Online activism is about…

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The Organizational Needs of 21st Century Movements

A journalist from the Bulgarian weekly Капитал contacted me earlier this week about the anti-government protests currently going on there. (Global Voices has excellent coverage.)  One question about activist organization really got me thinking. “The activists on the rise now are mainly advocates, journalists, NGO professionals, PR people, environmentalists,” she wrote, “little professional groups that are…

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