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It appears to be nothing but slactivism.

At least everyone involved will fee like they did something.




Whereas you get the smug satisfaction of feeling superior to people who are actually doing anything at all.


Actually I get the smug satisfaction of not wasting my time.

This is not doing anything, but damn if you don't feel like it.


Just like the online action against SOPA/PIPA was a waste of time and didn't do anything?


You mean how shutting the a site down for a day actually showed people what would happen if SOPA passed? Wikipedia participated in the SOPA protest, wikipedias users did not, they were impacted by Wikipedia's participation.

That seems EXACTLY like changing your avatar and spamming Facebook. How does spamming Facebook or changing your avatar show the effects of the NSA's spying?

That is how it is useless. It does nothing.


Part of the issue with mass surveillance is that a lot of people don't know about it / don't understand how it affects them. Anything that helps more people to start understanding and caring about this issue will push lawmakers toward doing the right thing and curtailing it.


> don't understand how it affects them

And this doesn't change that.

> helps more people to start understanding and caring

And this does nothing of the sort.

That's why it's useless. It is the very definition of slacktivism.




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