From the Glossy Surfaces of Women’s Magazines to Humanitarian Activism

Internet culture is constantly changing. Nowadays, in contrast to traditional protest methods, a click is enough to be part of a movement, support it, and make it viral. Many organizations invite us to support causes we might agree with. In this sense, we can all become activists. One of these organizations is the UN and its UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador initiative.

“The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly. Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience, and awareness to this role.” Emma Watson, a UN Goodwill ambassador.

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Setting the Scene: New Media Activism for Social Change

Welcome to our new blog!

Over the next six weeks, we will explore what we think are some of the most interesting themes in new media activism for social change.

Coming from different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds — and based in different parts of Europe and the world — we will bring different perspectives to the discussion. This blog will mix theory with reflections on practice. We will sound off about techno-utopianism, positive and negative aspects of new media activism and some of the top trending issues in the blogosphere —as well as covering glocal events that employ new media for social change (locally and globally) with varying degrees of success.

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