Monthly Archives: March 2012

How social media can bring out the smart alecs in online activism

Sarcasm and humor can be effective tools in getting a message across.

Think about the popularity of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and The Onion. All use humor and can make some pretty interesting points in political debate while doing so. (One of my all-time Onion favorites: “GOP Completely Fixes Economy by Cancelling Funding for NPR“)

We’ve also seen how effective social media can be in activism. Think about the importance of Twitter and Facebook during Arab Spring or even what’s going on right now with the #Kony2012 project as just a couple immediate examples.

But now, we’re also seeing these two venues combine. And it’s interesting to watch play out. Continue reading