While it started with a video, the real phenomenon is the storm that followed – criticism, advice, comment, background, debate. While I find the debate highly interesting and valuable, it’s easy to get lost.
So, here a 10-step-guide to what happened in the first 2 days of the Kony debate:
0 – the work behind
1 – the video
Then came THE VIDEO – the video that was supposed to get 500,000 hits in 2012, but got 50 million in two days:
2 – the Visible Children response
Success breeds critique – here’s one of the first, written by an independent blogger, published on the ad-hoc blog http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/
3 – a controversial pic
Whatever you do as an NGO – don’t pose with guns. Pics stay online forever.
4 – a viral mess and a drinking game
Viral success over-night breeds it’s own problems – and what used to be your midnight-joke can be come global politics.
5 – complicated things in foreign policy
Then, media outlets jumped on it, in a speed unimaginable before. See that response in Big Old Auntie Foreign Policy – guess what, African matters are complex!
6 – a book-length self-defense
If social media is all about dialogue – here we go, with a lengthy and detailed self-defense.
7 – a case of charity envy?
With criticism abounding – is the Kony 2012 debate a case of charity envy?
8 – african voices responding
Let’s have a real global debate – and Africans voices are obviously now a natural part of this- See an overview on African voices on Kony 2012 here, or watch the powerful one below:
9 – the ‘first’ interview
While we’ll see a lot more interviews probably, here’s a GOOD and early one.
10 – to be continued…
For sure! Feel free to post your responses below…
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