December 6, 2016

#NoDAPL and Slacktivism

Spencer de Gauthier is our guest this week to talk about the Standing Rock protest and online activism in general. Isaac and Spencer explore their contrarian natures and the performative aspect of Facebook. Isaac has been very critical of the online activism around DAPL but he supports the protest itself. We discuss the difference between direct action that helps a cause (such as donating money) versus meaningless actions that just make you feel good about yourself (such as changing your profile picture). Did awareness help with Standing Rock or was the Army Corps of Engineers' recent decision unrelated? We get into this plus the Ice Bucket Challenge, Batkid, identity politics, and more! Music:

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