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Social Media Activism: A Real Thing, Or A Trick We Play On Ourselves?

Here’s a question I recently received from our email list: How do you feel about social media activism? Is it a real thing, or is it just a trick we play on ourselves to make us think were actually doing something good for a cause? And how much good does it actually do? Answering this question requires understanding the levels of …

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What I Learned About My Online Persona from An Indian Movie Tweet

This week marked 20 years since the release of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (#20YearsOfDDLJ). If that doesn’t make any sense, think of it like this – it’s the desi equivalent of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. I posted the following on both Twitter and Facebook. https://twitter.com/ibnabeeomar/status/656450986957893632 One reply to the tweet said – “lol. The one person I …

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#BringBackOurSanity Guide to Recent Internet Debates

White House Iftar. Tariq Ramadan. Dr. Jackson. Zionist sponsored trips to Israel. RIS. ISNA. Abu Eesa. The list goes on. Everyone has seen the debates, and everyone is posting about them all over social media. In this post I want to unpack what I find to be good about these debates, along with some personal observations about the barrage of arguments. 1. Apathy …