I remember when I was around 10 years old, I met a girl about my age who began attending the same church I did. We became best friends and I eventually moved to the neighborhood she lived in which was so exciting for a 10-year-old at the time. Once we reached 12 years old, the church told us that we were ready to be confirmed. We had strict guidelines and homework as if we were at school, but this confirmation class occurred on Saturdays. An essential part of the completion of confirmation was that we had to raise money for a cause outside of our neighborhood. As a pre-teen, everyone is always telling you that there is a bigger world out there since many times pre-teens believe their world in ending from a break-up (a relationship that probably lasted 3 days) or fighting with a BFF. My perspective of the world was very limited as any child that age would be so when our pastor told us to fundraise for something not in our reach, it was difficult to grasp that concept. My super-mom of a mom decided to help us by picking an organization called Heifer International and planning strategies for us to raise the money. Heifer international is an organization that provides a source of income and food for poor families in different countries. Instead of just giving food that may last them for only a little, the organization accepts donations to buy cows, chickens, etc. so that the people may sell the milk, and eggs while also giving them the nutrition they need. We made cookies in the shape of farm animals, made cute bible book marks to sell, and even traced a big cow on a paper to mark how much we have raised. This concept of raising money to help someone in need overseas was imaginable in my mind and I felt so amazing once completing the goal. Now that I am almost turning 20 years old, I can honestly say that the feeling I had when I was 12 years old has not changed. I may talk about activism and think I know what’s happening around the world, but to be honest I know enough to barely scratch the surface.
Adults told me as a pre-teen that “There is a bigger world out there,” but I don’t think they understand that concept either. As I go to classes at my small town college, I can say that I do not think about the girls in other countries who are being sold for marriage or even sold for sex. Our Western culture has a tough time becoming involved which may be because our small world of going to work, coming to a nice house, and going to bed just to wake up and do it all again, does not fathom the tragedies that occur to people every day. In By Any Media Necessary, Sangita Shresthova discusses how activist movements need to use media not just to spread awareness, but to provide the chance for people to learn. She mentions Jason Mittel who coined the term “Drillability” which refers to social media activism that is informational enough to make the people who see it become an advocate and to learn more about the cause. My perspective of this concept is that “drillability” will be the forefront of youth and the population as a whole getting involved to change the world. The whole book focuses on the need for social media since in recent years it has increased people’s involvement in activism. In order to increase activism even more, we need to make activism media “drillable” making the people scrolling on twitter want to search about the cause or sign up for a protest or even start their own activist organization. Although the entirety of By Any Media Necessary is about perfecting activism media, this significant part is the future and how media will expand activism more than any other concept in this book. In order to change this corrupt world we live in… we must pop our safe bubble that makes us think nothing bad can get us and our world is not as vast as it seems. #ActWrtMedia17