Clicktivism, a word suggested by Frances Meadows, is increasingly used to denote a new trend in activism: activism "light", the sort you can engage in just by clicking on your laptop as you lounge in your armchair, Coca-Cola in hand. Many of us now practise clicktivism rather in the way that Stephen Fry practises tweeting, almost unconsciously. If you find yourself clicking on a group on Facebook to express your opinion or commitent, you may have become infected by what some consider to be a new plague.
Where once environmental activists or party militants took to the streets to protest, today all they have to do is click on "send" or "sign" to add their name to a petition to save the Amazon basin, for example. The term also applies to those who sign up to groups such as the one on Facebook against the war in Iraq, as a way of expressing their disapproval for their government’s military strategy. A website like Avaaz.com has forged its entire reputation by surfing this wave of "armchair", or rather "fingertip" activism, where all it takes is one click.