SHIFT

Creative Activism

Drivers of
Change

Activism in the new age is shaped by the omnipresent internet. The internet not only educates people and creates solidarity, but also gives people powerful tools to express themselves. People wary of the old ways, want to do something to make a difference and are willing to take the future into their own hands.

Social Media

Increasing exposure to social media is creating a hyper-aware and hyper-engaged citizenry. We can now watch protests as they happen and mobilise support with hashtags. Instagram and Facebook are now documenting history. Social media has become such a powerful tool that the only way to stop protests today is for governments to cut access.

Temporary suspension of internet services at Delhi’s Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders were extended to maintain law and order amid the farmers’ protest against newly-enacted farm laws.

Global communities

People are able to connect across geographical boundaries and empathise with each other, creating solidarity. When George Floyd was killed, we all grieved. As if the video wasn’t enough of a visceral reminder, we all imagined what it would be like to gasp for air for such a long time. Those 8.46 minutes for which an officer knelt on his neck became a symbol.

Hunger for change

The world is going through a tumultuous time, leading to a lost and disenchanted citizenry. In times of uncertainty, people crave change.

Time

The time that was once spent running mindlessly has suddenly become available after the pandemic. Coupled with access to knowledge and the DIY revolution, we are makers and creators. Throw boredom in the mix and you have a revolution. In fact, it is now well documented that boredom can inspire us to be more creative. It is precisely when we have nothing to do that we end up doing the most amazing things.

For Gen Z, the personal is political. Political questions represent existential identity questions for Gen Z, from climate change to gun violence to LGBTQ+ rights, and now a global pandemic, just to name a few. Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, TikTok has emerged as an unexpected channel for Gen Zs to make political statements.
For Gen Z, the personal is political. Political questions represent existential identity questions for Gen Z, from climate change to gun violence to LGBTQ+ rights, and now a global pandemic, just to name a few. Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, TikTok has emerged as an unexpected channel for Gen Zs to make political statements.

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