Monday, February 1, 2016

Это Петя

Anyone with a Facebook account has seen these "Be like Bill" passive aggressive stick figure images complaining about peoples' social media habits but a recent article on Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty explains that Eastern Europe has taken it a step farther. Twitter and Facebook are now seeing «Будь как Петя» memes criticizing Russia's rejection of Europe, and «Будь как Паша» complaining about corruption in journalism and the dangers of being a journalist in Belarus. This is a great way to raise awareness about issues but the real question is whether social media angst will lead to any real changes or just provide an opportunity for people to vent their frustrations. It is the revival of slacktivism in the technological era where silly Western culture like these memes can spread thousands of miles and represent a political message.

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