lets talk about false equivalences

false equivalence

 

There’s still a lot going on in the world, and a lot of changes occurring in the U.S. specifically, but it feels calmer. In this post, I am going to be addressing false equivalence, what it is, why it matters, and some very important examples of it in recent history. This isn’t a new term, but as we live through examples of false equivalencies and face the effects of past ones, we need to keep it in our minds and discussions. I first heard about it this year, but after learning and reading about the specific, I’ve realized that it’s something we have all noticed but maybe didn’t place a term to. Especially after the comparisons between the BLM protests and the Capitol Riots, people are beginning to call out false equivalences and are starting to recognize more. I have included links and resources throughout for further reading, as well as all of my sources and recommended opinion pieces at the bottom. My past few articles have stayed on the unbiased and informational side, but this post is going to be a little different. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t trustworthy or accurate, but that you should approach this article differently.

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how effective are petitions?​

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If you have a social media account, there is a very good chance that you have seen an increase in petitions being shared. You may have even signed a few. The pandemic has created limits on social justice organizing, leading to a lot of activism being conducted on social media and online. This topic has a lot of connections to slacktivism and general social media activism, which you can read about if you click here. I find these types of topics so fascinating and pertinent because of how activism and politics are changing. I also think that any way we can raise our productivity and efficacy as activists is worth discussing and learning about. Are petitions effective? Are they a form of slacktivism? If they aren’t effective, are there benefits? I have included some resources at the end of this post, ranging from opinion pieces on petitions to how to start your own petition.

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