“Selective Sympathy”

By: Chris Hamilton


If you’ve been living under a rock the past few days, you probably missed the beginning of World War III or something close to it. On November 14th everything erupted in America, from a simple Facebook filter, where once again America was divided on how we should feel about ISIS’ attack on Paris. You were either a French Flag filterer or an Anti-French Flag filterer: which is completely different than being against France itself.

I’m tired of the slacktivism culture that Americans have adopted lately. This goes as far back as the ‘Wet Bucket Challenge’ where you were challenged to either donate to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or if you didn’t donate money you would have to dump a bucket of ice water over your head. I’m pretty sure the ALS challenge is the main reason California is in a drought but I digress. Lately Americans have adopted a lot of slacktivist activities where they won’t attempt to contribute towards solving the issue but instead show their ‘support’ by either; putting a filter on their Facebook default or by posting a picture of themselves on Twitter or Instagram “outraged.” All these acts seem to indulge in you feeding your ego and making yourself feel as if you did something right without any actual solution to the serious situation. read more