Blogger Versus Activist

          I am wondering what the Blogger to Activist ratio estimate is here at caucus99percent.

          Certainly caucus99percent is a Blog site, but I would be interested to know if there are any, some, or many Activists that contribute here.

          To be clear you know what a Blogger is, so I should clarify that an Activist is someone like Emma Marris : article published in N. Y. Times of Rogue Climate in Southwest Oregon. I am not a blogger, even though I am attempting to develop some of those skills, I don't really fit into this milieu. Most of time I don't even understand what you-all are saying because my weltanschauung (and by the way, "world view" is not a good translation) is so very different.

RIP

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but Bernie is getting me off the sidelines.
I've found myself lobbying family, friends and coworkers.

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Anja Geitz's picture

Facing all of us as we try to make sense of the barrage of information out there about the consequences of global warming. By addressing the anxiety many of us feel whenever we read about the climate crisis and the terror induced paralysis to do anything about it that usually follows, Ms Marris builds a compelling case by appealing to people who do care, but are frightened and don't know where to begin.

While I am not an activist on par with the definition you've offered, as a blogger, I recognized the usefulness of including Ms. Marris' points in the body of a stand-alone essay for those not inclined to click on links, thereby making it as accessible as possible for those readers who are not already activists, but might be persuaded to take Ms. Marries' advice and make a difference. In that way, a blogger can be a conduit for the potential activist.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz
was her calculation of 876 metric tons per person of co2 emissions being prevented by simply being a part of the letter writing public.
For those who can fathom the math, that is an enormous result for so little effort.
I am less a blogger( unless you count commenting) and more of an activist.
I've been a part of numerous protests beginning with Vietnam and never shirk from my duty to grab a banner and march or just stand there as another warm body.
There's something about being in a loud and peaceful crowd of like minded people that lifts the spirit where hope springs forth.
I always go home feeling re-energized.
But maybe that's just me.

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

Azazello's picture

Old school bloggers.
Activists are too busy being activists to do what we do.
You can tell an activist because they'll post under their real name or that of their organization.
I use this site to inform myself and to converse with others about the issues of the day.
I have a political life outside of blogging but I'm only a half-assed activist.

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Several others around here have spoken of their involvement in community affairs. And further reaching organizing a response to national issues. Percentages mean little. Either you take up the gauntlet or shed shadow. This is a vent hole, not intended to change the world. More a description of the evils we face as a community of responders. Does that make us activists? Yes. We are actively confronting and responding to the changes needed. Even if only via keystrokes.

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Let's try to help each other
find a better way.

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@QMS

That's what I think, and can relate to.

Also, you are someone who's been actively hands-on in both realms.

... like your sig says

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earthling1's picture

@QMS
but ideas are birthed here.
I've seen ideas spread from here to other blogs and comment threads.
Everyone here is an activist in their own way.
IMHO

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

Raggedy Ann's picture

IMHO, I don't blog because I don't post essays. I comment. I feel I am more of an activist because I comment on political stuff - mostly. I am active in certain areas of my life.

I love this site because we get lots of perspectives and get, what I call, "real news." The folks here dig deep and bring us the real deal!

My $.02! Pleasantry

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"When will our conscience's grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" Eleanor Roosevelt

"The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." Socrates (469-399 BC)

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i believe one can safely say that writers can be and were activists, scientists were activists and on and on in many disciplines. Through centuries, hundreds of thousands shed blood for each value we hold dear today so common folks in the trenches fighting deserve the most credit, their activism costing their lives; a long slog, it's been.

Having said this, yes, communicators are activists.

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doesn't just mean marching in a crowd. That's Alpha activisism.
It also is growing and maintaining a garden.
Eating less meat.
Buying fewer consummer products.
Reusing, repurposing, repairing, and recycling.
Buying local and keeping your money local.
Using a credit union instead of a bank.
This is all being an activist. Just Beta.
You are still making a difference.

IMHO

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After six years, still getting robo-calls from Marriot Hotels.
They're like herpes.

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@earthling1

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evidence to help them get better informed. This particular blog is a font of such information.
I do not put up signs, sign petitions, contribute money, or knock on doors.
My political leanings are known in a general sense, but it does me no good at all to go public.
I have represented elected officials from both parties, people who walk into my office are what they are, and they are all welcome, and if they want to talk politics, I decide person by person if I want to engage.
I am only an activist in the sense that I will correct someone's mistake, and a blogger in the sense that I read and comment.

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@on the cusp

          As an (former or reformed maybe) introvert I was rather surprised to find that as a professional I had enough visibility to be able to hold "the local powers that be" accountable, and enough credibility to be taken seriously. Now that I am retired and displaced 1500 miles it will be interesting to see if I can reproduce those results.

RIP

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"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Robert J. McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman. From a press briefing during the Vietnam war.

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but not my neighbors.
An activist.

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Regardless of the path in life I chose, I realize it's always forward, never straight.

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@Pricknick
that you should mention "I'm hated by my local township board" @Pricknick

          I just (only a few minutes ago) left an organizational meeting wherein I have gained the insight as to how I can become our county board of supervisors most hated constituent. I work best when under the gun, as it were.

RIP

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"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Robert J. McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman. From a press briefing during the Vietnam war.

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Trauma is what happens inside you,
as a result of what happens to you.”
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Whether your a keyboard warrior (blogger) or in the streets, or a congress person's office across town, if you're pushing back against the ills that plague our society, what does it really matter? Can you not be both, and more too?

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"Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance;" - Thomas Paine, Common Sense

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@RantingRooster

          is how people view themselves. I, for example, am "out of my depth" as a blogger for a plethora of reasons, skills, and attributes. I happen to be an effective rabble-rouser, activist, provocateur. Stated another way, my skill set works in my favor in some settings and not in some other settings.

          Part of the reason I have been hanging-out here (c99p) is to see if I can gain some life skills needed for whatever time I have left in this new location on the surface of the Earth.

RIP

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"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Robert J. McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman. From a press briefing during the Vietnam war.

WaterLily's picture

@PriceRip From what I've read of your essays, you certainly qualify as a blogger, and your comments always contribute to meaningful discussion.

Seems you already have the life skills you seek. Smile

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American Dream and found out how wrong she was.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"