That the word activism generates some kind of “struggle” - even if only as an “image problem” - is not new and certainly not surprising:
The commonly held stereotype of an activist is partly responsible for the sluggishness of social change. Large sections of the public agree with activists’ messages, but are put off by not wanting to affiliate themselves with the kind of person they think makes an activist.
Interestingly, cyber-activists - who we know are not a group of "newbies" generated by this pandemic - have utilized cyberspace to make problems visible, but not themselves. Triggering “uncomfortable” guilt without having to be “in-your-face” to activate reactions. And particularly now when cyberspace is one of the safest options:
Coronavirus has shut down public demonstrations for social and political change. With the threat of high fines, jail time, police brutality, and now illness looming, activists are adapting and innovating to continue building movements in an unprecedented era of social distancing.
© 2020 Aydasara Ortega Torres