Classic Episode: Social Justice Warriors


Can social media change the world? So-called social justice warriors, slactivists and hashtag activists think so. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline dissect social media activism and its backlash and ponder the perils of political correctness.

Episode sources:

"And the Award for Dumbest Hashtag Feminism Goes To..." http://time.com/3719336/and-the-award-for-dumbest-hashtag-feminism-goes-to/

"How Tumblr Is Changing Online Activism." http://www.forbes.com/sites/citi/2014/02/18/how-tumblr-is-changing-online-activism/

"In Defense of the 'Social Justice Warrior'." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tile-wolfe/in-defense-of-the-social-_b_6398304.html

"Internet Social Justice Mob Goes Batshit on Activist, Has No Sense of Irony." http://jezebel.com/5924950/internet-social-justice-mob-goes-batshit-on-well-meaning-sex-ed-activist

"Millennials and the Age of Tumblr Activism." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/style/millennials-and-the-age-of-tumblr-activism.html?_r=0

"Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say." http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/not-a-very-pc-thing-to-say.html

"SJW." http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=SJW

"Social Justice Blogging." http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/social-justice-blogging

"The Birth of a New Civil Rights Movement." http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/ferguson-new-civil-rights-movement-113906.html#.VS5ay_nF-U9

"The complicated world of Tumblr's Social Justice." http://www.dailydot.com/society/tumblr-social-justice-laci-green/

"The Political Power of Social Media." http://gjs.appstate.edu/social-justice-and-human-rights/what-social-justice

"Using social media to build a better world: A culture of amplification." http://www.salon.com/2014/02/17/using_social_media_to_build_a_better_world_a_culture_of_amplification/

"What is Social Justice?" http://gjs.appstate.edu/social-justice-and-human-rights/what-social-justice

"Why We're Winning: Social Justice Warriors and the New Culture War." http://laurie-penny.com/why-were-winning-social-justice-warriors-and-the-new-culture-war/

Academic insight:

"Feminism, Hashtags and Violence Against Women and Girls." Berridge, Susan and Portwood-Stacer, Laura. Feminist Media Studies. March 06, 2015. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2015.1008743#abstract

Topics in this Podcast: Activism