You may have heard that vape was chosen as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year. That’s right, vape: the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette.
But when I looked through the list of other words in the running this year, slacktivism caught my eye. I practice slacktivism with wild abandon. (That is if it’s possible to be a reckless slacker.)
If you missed slacktivism, it’s a blend of the words slacker and activism. A type of political activism that requires little time or effort. That’s me! Passionate about political causes, but not so passionate as to actually get out of the house and do something.
- No, I’m not running for office.
- No, I’m not going on the campaign trail.
- No, I’m not volunteering to make calls or canvas a neighborhood or prepare mailers.
- No, I’m not gathering signatures on a petition.
- No, I’m not registering voters.
I’m a true slacktivist…signing online petitions, even forwarding them to others on occasion, following campaigns on Facebook or Twitter, reading blogs, even donating small amounts of money to candidates or causes by entering a credit card number.
I know many other slacktivists of both major political parties, supporting a variety of causes from the comfort of their own homes. And I predict slacktivism will increase. Figuring out how to get us slacktivists to become activists will be the challenge for those leading political and social campaigns in the future.
Vape may be the 2014 word of the year, but I think slacktivism will more likely become part of my vocubulary.