Whenever people come together in support of a particular cause, incredible things can happen. This is something that rings true in the world of politics. Great political events have always involved a large amount of people who have come together over a shared belief.
Effects of Digital Numbers
We have seen this happen over and over again in the course of human history and not much has changed in that regard. The trouble is that more and more people are content to simply express their views on their social media platforms. It seems that not enough time or thought is given past liking or retweeting that supports or reflects your own. When the people are more involved in the digital sphere, the outrage doesn’t really translate all that well.
This is something that we’ve seen in the 2016 US Presidential Election and this is also something that we have seen during the monumental Brexit vote. A lot of people were very vocal about who they were supporting or what side they were on. However, when the big day came—the actual election day—only a half of the purported numbers bothered to show up. It seems those who were so vocal online believed that their side was going to win anyway so what’s one less vote—right?
Well, it seems that millions of people thought that way and therefore the side they were supporting actually lost simply because the opposition had the physical numbers and physical turnout to support them.
Why Physical Presence is Critical
Physical presence on the days that matter is vital for the success of the side you are on. When there are rallies, showing up to showcase your support helps to give courage to those that did not find the will to be there that day. Physical presence helps to empower those that have been silenced.
Armchair activism helps very little in the grand scheme of things. While outrage culture has made some people lose their jobs or enacted change in certain brands, in the world of politics, physical presence matters the most. When there are rallies, it is important to show up. On the day of the election itself, every single person is one vote that can turn the tide toward the side that you support. This is why physical presence matters a whole deal.
So there you have it! We’ve given our views regarding the importance of showing up to rallies and election days. Do you think that there is some merit to our ideas? Do you believe that the physical presence of individuals matter a lot—especially when the realm of politics is concerned?