01 Apr '11, 10am

Jonathan Wong asks if fighting for a worthwhile cause has lost its meaning with so many online protest groups popping up

Jonathan Wong asks, is fighting for a cause diluted by online protest groups? A memorable scene in David Fincher’s brilliant film The Social Network occurs when Mark Zukerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg), while staring at his laptop, tells his lawyer that he’s checking in to see how it's going in Bosnia. “Bosnia? They don’t have roads, but they have Facebook,” she replies with mock bemusement. Perhaps she is right, and there appears to be no restrictions to what social media is capable of. It transcends barriers, the physical ones at least. But what has also made itself equally apparent is the rise of digital activism and its extensive reach, where online protest groups are appearing at a faster rate than a Justin Bieber-tweet. Everyone seems to have a cause now - one online report claims that there are over 620 million Facebook groups, or an average of at least one for ev...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2011/4/1/the-lost-art-of-ac...

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