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What my sources do for my paper
1. My first source, “Activism or Slacktivism? How Social Media Hurts and Helps Student Activism.”, was my main resource for the concept of slacktivism in my paper. This source was very useful because it gave a both sides of the argument for the use of social media in student activism. Its main argument was that slacktivism, or showing token support, does not initiate meaningful support for a cause — which is basically my thesis. This source also guided me towards a study on this topic, and I used that research as evidence for my claims. And like I mentioned before, this source also acknowledges the usefulness of social media in student activism as well, which is useful for my opposing arguments.
2. My second source, “Activism or Slacktivism?” is a class activity for Media and Communications courses created by a Communications professor at the University of North Carolina. This activity explores Kony2012 as a case study for the use of digital media in social change. After reading this source, I decided to use the Kony2012 campaign as a case study in my paper as well. The overview of the study and the hypothetical questions being asked to students in the activity helped form my argument that the Kony2012 movement is an example of a campaign that lost momentum once all of the social media attention died down and no one was left taking real action.
3. My third source, “Has Social Media Successfully Reinvented Social Activism?”, was my most useful source for my paper so far. This source is a speech from a debate concerning the question, “Has social media successfully reinvented social activism?”. This source contributes a lot of ideas to my paper because the author is essentially trying to persuade his audience of the argument that I am trying to make. This source really emphasizes that real action and change can only be created by tangible action.
4. My last source is a video interview with the Naspa-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. This source was useful for my paper because it gave me a lot of information specifically about student activism on college campuses and how it’s changed over time. The interviewee is very knowledgable about student activism on campuses, so it’s been a helpful source.