#SlaveryWithASmile: How Twitter Can Raise Social Consciousness

I love Twitter.

I love Twitter because it makes silly questions about dog pants go so viral that the President feels the need to weigh in with his opinion.

I love Twitter because it allows me to follow the thoughts of all of the actors in my current theatrical obsession: the “Hamilton” musical.

But most of all, I love Twitter because of its ability to bring stories to light from around the country (and around the world) that spark social and political dialogue.

While some consider tweeting about social causes to be a form of “slacktivism” because it is such a low-stakes form of civic participation and does not always spur further engagement in more traditional forms of public activism, I think this deficit-oriented view of tweeting ignores the way that digital media is changing the nature and definition of civic engagement itself.

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