The raised fist has been used by Black power and Civil Rights activists, by neo-Marxians, by the students of May 1968, by Syrian up-risers, by food sovereignty activists and Earth First!ers, and of course by the Occupy movement [here is a nice brief history of the raised fist symbol: http://www.docspopuli.org/articles/Fist.html]. With its suggestion of anger, empowerment, force and context of past use the fist lends a more polemic radicalism to the visual media that it decorates and the social media that it pervades. Recognizable and malleable, both clear and abstract the widely applicable fist morphs with each use and carries historic import for a new generation of activists. It creates a kinetic reaction or meaning in a literal way where protestors are called to physically mimic, yet also in an abstract way as if it were protesting merely by being displayed. The immediate impact and recognisability of a raised fist affects individuals who may be sharing images on social media or including them on their own event and protest signs or posters. But at what point does a ‘like’ share’ ‘retweet’ or addition of a fist make an event or image or individual ‘radical’? How much critical thought occurs between eyes-brain-fingertip reactions? How often does the armchair act of reposting and sharing translate to real action or speech on an issue? Does it necessarily need to? It may be suggested that the simple act of sharing is a performative: an identity attachment to the idea of protest and radical action. The raised fist is a quick and potent jab at the public, the audience, to be almost immediately aware of the author/movement or individual’s intent. What's more, the message is spread quickly through networks of individuals, constituting an occupation itself in its pervasion of the internet! Yet if there is no further action from an individual, does this quick spread and act of solidarity aid the real, active activism? Does it help the cause in question? How far does a visual protest take us in the age of activism and social media?