This post is about a month late, but right on time. Don’t worry, I’ll explain in a second.
Have you ever heard of the term “slacktivism”? I came across the word, last month. October. also known as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. I was doing some reading on the meme that was going around where people would post on Facebook where they liked it. I don’t quite remember which article it was, but the author likened the ‘movement’ to slacktivism; something that is described by wikipedia as “a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfaction. The acts also tend to require little personal effort from the slacktivist.”
I think you can have people argue on both sides about the efficacy of measures like donations made by corporations in exchange for the purchase of their ‘pink-themed’ merchandises, the wearing of pink ribbons and memes with the purpose of raising our consciousness (or awareness) about a subject. I think it does extend the conversation, and maybe help people who have been personally affected by something, such as Breast Cancer to feel like they are not alone.
Although October is over, the spotlight on cancer is not shut off. November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, also known as Movember. I actually haven’t seen any memes going around about it, but it’s still an important subject to talk about, and raise awareness about, since most people find out too late.
Why am I talking about this? It’s a known fact that immigrants frequent the hospital less than non-immigrants because of many barriers including language and lack of insurance coverage or confusion about coverage. Many of us have mothers, aunts, fathers, uncles and grand-parents who would benefit from a yearly check-up for these illnesses.
So, while we’re social-networking, wearing pink ribbons and/or growing our mustaches, let’s inform relatives and family friends about how their lives could be saved and protected.
That is all.
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