Be the Media
💰- Place responsibility where it lies with the far right elite, not those who have been manipulated by them.
🍩 - Offer bite-sized facts and explanations on key topics that torpedo fake news rather than trying to wade through fake news hidden behind false arguments.
🗞- Set your own news cycle and use it to challenge fake news.
👹- Avoid engaging with outright haters, just meme and go, then find someone open to actual debate.
🔬 - Suck the fun out of trolling by replying with chains of demonstrable facts.
🤖- Wreck bots by regularly dropping memes and humour in the manner of a minesweeper.
🔬- Ask those supporting the far right to explain how the promises made by far right politicians can work in practice.
👻- Routinely report fake news and hate.
😺- Express yourself more fully online with emojis and stickers. An online smile is understood the same as an offline/ real smile.
💩- Know your false arguments, most obviously straw men and ad hominem attacks.
🤝- Set up civilised debate, e.g. share tea, a pint, cake, . . .
🙅♂️- Walk away from uncivilised 'debate' and take it to where or when civilised debate can take place.
👨🚒 - Offer comment from professional bodies and business leaders rather than just politicians and msm. E.g. the BMA or trade journals.
🖥 - Step away from the screen if you're getting rattled, no really step away from the screen!
🦋 - Leaving is all about selling a grey and gloomy world of misery, desperation and victim-blaming. Maybe don't let the far right elite take you there.
Three threads so far today packed with people reporting as depressed, angry or plain fed-up with the atmosphere and harm caused by the far right.
No magic wands I'm afraid, but it seems worth mentioning what other activists often comment on about refreshing before return to the fray and/ or making activism less exhausting.
🎺 Play more music and post more music.
🏃♀️ Carry out a random good deed/ day.
🦋 Post as much good news as you post bad news.
✊ Take part in peaceful but determined activism.
🤝 Meetup with other activists to plan and prepare.
🖼 Share pics of your own and others' activism.
👏 Like, share and support content you enjoy.
🤚 Try to focus on the issues rather than the politics.
🙋♀️Thank representatives who genuinely represent you.
🍰.Make cake not hate.
👕 Wear your causes and concerns.
🎙 Be the media - every contribution counts.
🥁 Leave banging the drum to the extremists.
📖 Read a book in the 🛀.
💃 Dance at every opportunity.