Activism is defined as “a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.”
Looking back over 1,700 blog posts spanning the past 10 years, I’ve written my share of controversial issues. I wrote about Facebook censorship and Foursquare scare tactics. I shared when Twitter removed transparency. I opined that social media doesn’t connect us and explained why social media sabbaticals are healthy.
My activism is not limited to blogging.
When the U.S. Supreme Court debated the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act in 1995, I was in college and joined an email listserv through the Electronic Frontier Foundation — both to learn the latest news and also to share my opinions.
Over the years, I volunteered with political action committees, public interest research groups, and state election campaigns. Perhaps my activism is most evident in my six years of public service as an elected city councilor, promoting initiatives in clean energy, fiscal conservancy, and open government.
I don’t know where the Trump Administration is going in economic, military, and foreign policy. I accept that President Trump will reverse Obama’s presidential actions. But, I’m not OK with him reversing decades of US policy. I’ll blog on these pages when inspired to share commentary.
Whether you choose to engage in activism or not is up to you. Whether you hold a sign, march in an organized movement, volunteer, write a letter, run for office, share internet content to your social network, or pray; or even if you choose to do nothing — you’re nevertheless participating in something bigger than yourself.
I anticipate blogging a lot in 2017 about political and current events. I hope you stay with me, comment when inspired, and tell your friends to subscribe. Wherever you live in the world, we are in this world together. Here’s to whatever’s next.