Attention internet atheists: be like the Lorax

This month, my blog has been the vehicle of successful crowd-sourced activism. Twice.

Obviously, I know my place. I had a few eye-catching titles, some ‘right place right time’ information etc. The real champions are the anonymous masses at the news aggregating sites (reddit, stumbleupon) and other social networking sites (twitter, facebook). Take a bow, internet.

I think the only credit I deserve is for knowing what to do with the crowd in the off chance they show up on my posts.

We all know how to get ‘super-pissed’. But you can use that energy.

About 1 out of every 100 people that get super-pissed are willing to do something about it beyond typing ‘WTF!’. (source)

So, to all internet atheists…

Click to embiggen.

If you find yourself getting super-pissed, but don’t have a megaphone: contact me, or one/all of the major secular organizations. Or other major bloggers!

The social networking sites are good for reaching one type of (potentially massive) audience. But bloggers are often better at parsing out the ‘pretty parts’ of the story, and conjuring up click-inducing titles.

Plus we care. Nobody wastes this much time if they didn’t care. Not even Mabus, or the TimeCube guy.

How to succeed at activism without really trying

But the most important things you can do to help affect real world change:

  • Get visuals of the offending action/situation/person/policy/item.
  • Provide email address and phone number for the target’s employer/boss/department head (and on up, if possible)
  • Provide email address and phone number for local newspaper (start local, always)
  • Provide exact location this happened, and specific details *keep in mind that many whistle-blowers need anonymity* (there is no 100% surefire way to provide this in some cases.)

Be an ethical internet atheist when you get super pissed from a day of browsing. Be like the Lorax.

The Lorax is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler.

The Lorax spoke for the trees. Nobody else cared at all. This hippy needed a megaphone and some internet savvy.

That’s where you come in. Be like a super-pissed off Lorax with a megaphone. Like this:

And change the world. One situation at a time.

Sometimes two at a time.

About Justin Griffith
  • Drivebyposter

    [Angry Lorax]

    Beautiful

  • http://angrybychoice.fieldofscience.com Lorax

    :P

  • The Lorax

    Be like the Lorax, and speak for the trees

    Speak for the rivers, and fish in the seas

    Speak for the freedom to say as you please

    But most of all, think. Don’t hack at their knees.

    Provide them with answers and back them with fact

    Plan what you say, think ‘fore you act

    Our power is not the strength of our back

    But well-reasoned arguments, research, and tact.

    I won’t say be “nice” ’cause that’s not the trick

    We have to speak loud, or it won’t mean a lick

    And we cannot give up, for their heads are quite thick

    But, as Wheaton would say, just don’t be a dick.

    I wish all the luck in the future for you

    I support the oppression of magic and woo.

    Just don’t lose yourself, or say things untrue

    And remember, the Once-ler, eventually, learned his lesson too.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rockbeyondbelief/ Justin Griffith

    @Lorax #1 :) You’ve been using the Lorax for a bit – you are ahead of the curve!

    @Lorax #2 Epic.

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