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The Kony 2012 director, Jason Russell, who suffered a breakdown after the viral video's success. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters The activist group behind the Kony 2012 viral video has said it will launch a sequel on Tuesday. The California -based group Invisible Children promised that its new film would give more details and context than the first, which urged grassroots campaigners to pressure politicians and the military to hunt the notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The half-hour film broke records with more than 100m views in less than a week, but provoked fierce debate and criticism over its slick style and simplification of the issues. It caused anger in northern Uganda , where a public screening descended into scuffles and stone-throwing.
The 30-minute video released last week by the San Diego-based group Invisible Children calling for action against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony provided striking evidence that young adults and their elders at times have different news agendas and learn about news in different ways. Those ages 18-29 were much more likely than older adults to have heard a lot about the “Kony 2012” video and to have learned about it through social media than traditional news sources. Indeed, a special analysis of posts in Twitter showed that it was by far the top story on the platform. Moreover, younger adults were also more than twice as likely as older adults to have watched the video itself on YouTube or Vimeo. As of March 13, the video had been viewed more than 76 million times on YouTube and 16 million times on Vimeo, making it one of the most viewed videos of all time on those sites.
With more than 100 million views in six days, Kony 2012, a 30-minute documentary about Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, has become the most viral video in history, according to one researcher. In a blog post, Visible Measures found Kony outpaced other record-setting viral videos. For instance, the video featuring Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, hit 70 million views in six days. Old Spice’s “Responses” campaign didn’t hit 70 million until five months after it launched.
Evelyn Amony was kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army at age12 and was first raped by its leader, Joseph Kony, at 15. One of dozens of girls selected to be Kony's concubines, she had three children including Mercy, 14 months, before escaping to freedom in January 2005. Photographed March 31, 2006, in Gulu, Uganda, by Dan Morrison. The release this week of the video Kony 2012 and a viral social media campaign by the American NGO Invisible Children has jacked awareness of the vicious Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army into the stratosphere.
Thoughts for young people from the author of Visible Children . Since this all started two weeks ago, I’ve occasionally been criticized for the attention my blog has received on the basis that, as a university student, my opinion shouldn’t be as widely-read as it has been. I guess the logic is that because I’m a “young person”, my opinion is less valuable, or “misinformed and naive”, as Invisible Children’s PR firm eloquently described it . Actually, the best and most thought-provoking questions I’ve received came from “young people” in a series of discussions I had over Skype with students in Pennsylvania.
Traduzido para o Português por Natália Mazotte e Bruno Serman This Monday, March 5th, the advocacy organization Invisible Children released a 30 minute video titled “ Kony 2012 “. The goal of the video is to raise awareness of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group, a wanted war criminal, in the hopes of bringing him to justice. By Thursday morning, March 8th, the video had been viewed more than 26 million times, and almost 12 million more times on Vimeo. (Needless to say, those numbers are now much higher.) It has opened up a fascinating and complicated discussion not just about the Lord’s Resistance Army and instability in northern Uganda and bordering states, but on the nature of advocacy in a digital age.
The Kony 2012 video by the U.S. non-profit Invisible Children is now the most viral video of all time. The video relies upon a very simple narrative and two opposing forces: The white American male hero wants to defeat the bad guy, Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony, and make the future better for children, especially his own. The video is narrated entirely by the Invisible Children Co-Founder Jason Russell.
Updated | 11:17 p.m. Jason Russell, who directed and starred in the “ Kony 2012 ” video that has been viewed more than 100 million times this month, was detained by the San Diego Police Department on Thursday, accused of masturbating in public and vandalizing cars, NBC San Diego reports . He was later hospitalized after an evaluation. As our colleagues Rob Davis and Ian Lovett report , Mr.
Last week, Al Jazeera aired a 25-minute, first-person video piece on the Syrian uprising, captured by an undercover correspondent. As my colleagues Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad reported , Syrian authorities have engaged in an expanding crackdown as the yearlong uprising continues, briefly detaining members of one of the country’s most moderate opposition groups in central Damascus on Sunday. Reuters reported that a heavy firefight had broken out early Monday in a neighborhood of the capital, citing residents reached by phone. Al Jazeera’s video, which aired as an episode of its program “People & Power,” highlights the difficulties that journalists have encountered in trying to deliver firsthand accounts of the conflict.
Yesterday at SXSW, a fascinating interactive animation by Quebec filmmaker Vincent Morriset called “ BLA BLA ” won first prize in the Interactive Art category . While we’re not sure that the treatment of an animated protagonist and inkblots and the starry night sky fits the Storyboard bill as either narrative or journalism, we can see why it won at SXSW – and why the National Film Board of Canada backed it in the first place. Luckily for this site, the NFB has been up to other things that fit more cleanly into Storyboard’s mission. They got viral attention this winter when the release of their documentary “ Pink Ribbons, Inc. ” coincided with the maelstrom around the Susan G.
KONY 2012 took the social web by storm last week, as a 30-minute documentary seeking to arrest LRA leader Joseph Kony was viewed online nearly 100 million times. The Pew Internet and American Life Project investigated how KONY 2012 became the most viral video of all time. The key, Pew found, was 18 to 29-year-olds sharing links on Twitter and Facebook . While initially 77% of Twitter discussions were positive, the tone shifted as criticisms of the non-profit behind the film, Invisible Children, began to circulate. KONY 2012: Is the Viral Campaign a Scam?
@ Invisible #askICanything Can you help explain/clarify the anger we’re seeing in this reaction video from Uganda? youtube.com/watch?v=rU_1jn… — Hayley Wood (@hayleywood13) March 15, 2012 After releasing a video that now counts 100 million online views about Joseph Kony’s brutal tactics as leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa, Invisible Children is responding to tough questions about its organization and its approach – on Twitter and in another video. Calling for Mr. Kony’s arrest for abducting children and forcing them to become soldiers, Invisble Children’s video titled, Kony 2012 , has captured more online views faster than any other video, beating Susan Boyle’s audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” to become the Internet’s most explosive viral video.
The non-profit organization Invisible Children and its viral video Kony 2012 , which has become an international sensation in the past couple of weeks, is continuing to stir controversy. Not only have critics raised questions surrounding Invisible Children and its methodologies, but numerous reports are now verifying that local Ugandans too are in fact angry about the campaign. The non-profit African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) , which calls itself an organization to help rehabilitate victims of war, organized a public screening in the town of Lira in northern Uganda on Tuesday night.