3 Things for Yesterday- Chocolate Chip Cookies, NPR, and Hashtag Activism

by - Friday, May 16, 2014

from foodgawker.com
1. International Chocolate Chip Cookie Day- Did you know that May 15th is International Cookie Day? Yeah, me either, but if the internet tells me to eat cookies, I won't fight it. Chocolate chip really are the best cookies without question, so they do deserve some celebration. Plus, we had a nice walk back from the bus stop eating a cookie and stopping for sushi.
2. The slow victory of NPR- I used to hate listening to NPR radio in the morning, because so often it gets depressing if you listen too long. I also associate it with Rush Limbaugh and other crazypantsers, because my Mother in Law sometimes listens to that business in the car. But slowly, I find that as soon as The Boy leaves the car, I switch over and listen. They run so much more thoughtful stories, and it is so interesting to hear the voices they choose to represent certain stories.
3. Discussions about the effectiveness of hashtag activism- I really like reading these debates, though I feel like it always boils down to the question of how much getting attention can translate into inciting action. Do we think there is a universal formula for this? You cannot deny that the families of these Nigerian girls succeeded in refusing to allow the world to ignore the situation, and #bringbackourgirls turned the horrible kidnappings into a widespread issue. At the same time, does it really mean anything for Barack Obama to post a picture of himself with the tag? Wouldn't it be better if he actually did something? If the point is to build awareness until people in power can't deny that action needs to be taken, what does it mean for them to reflect the message back to the sender? Is it still useful? I always felt that Obama would only be as effective a president as he was a campaigner if he could continue to inspire so much action from Americans, but in a case like this, what can the American people do but encourage him to get involved in some capacity? I don't know why, but the whole situation makes me feel hopeless and complacent. At the same time, any time people are thinking critically about the messages they put out into the world, something GOOD is happening.

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