Don’t just be a signer

August 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

I just signed a petition on change.org and received the following message:

Don’t just be a signer — be a campaigner. Turn your signature into hundreds more by asking your friends to sign. Then they’ll ask their friends. That’s how we win.

 I thought I’d note this in a blogpost because the distinction made here between a signer and a campaigner reminds me of questions I had during my PhD research, which was a study of a network of activists. What is the distinction between a signer and a campaigner? What is the distinction between an activist and a non-activist? And what do you call a non-activist – a passivist? What are the consequences of making these distinctions?

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