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  • Activism or slacktivism: Is the web making it too easy?

    When Sipho Hlongwane (@comradesipho), a writer and political and social commentator, proudly accepted the ANC Youth League’s disparaging moniker of “Desktop Activist” in March this year, he joined the ranks of activists the world over who use the web to speak truth to power. The internet, offering free publishing platforms that are constantly evolving, is an activist’s dream. It offers a wide reach, easy access to those in power (in some cases), and with the evolution of mobile platforms, an unprecedented approach to citizen mobilisation. Hlongwane was protesting the Youth League’s handling of the media, after it was discovered that they...