Slacktivist is one of my new favorite words. There’s just something about the act of combining two existing words to create a new one that I find really entertaining. Guesstimate, Labradoodle, Brangelina – you get the idea. What I don’t find entertaining about the word “slacktivist”, however, is what it stands for.
Slacktivism has been defined as “the act of participating in obviously pointless activities as an expedient alternative to actually expending effort to fix a problem.” It has also been called “armchair activism”, because you literally never have to leave your chair to feel like you are doing something helpful.