Friday, October 10, 2014

Favourite Words : Slacktivist, Slactivism

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism) is a portmanteau formed out of the words slacker and activism. The word is considered a pejorative term that describes taking "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction; sometimes with a large dollop of schadenfreude.

Examples of activities labelled as "slacktivist" include signing internet petitions, putting a ribbon magnet on a vehicle, or joining a Facebook group. Slacktivists also include Anonymous people who send off email comments, written in all caps, to bloggers.