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#BringBackOurGirls: How a Hashtag Took Hold

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, May 7 2014

Comparison of #bringbackourgirls, #chibokgirls and #bringbackourdaughters hashtags (Topsy/Screengrab)

When it comes to online activist movements, such as the now infamous KONY 2012 effort, the question under discussion often ends up being to what degree online action can motivate offline action. But a close look at a new online call that has taken hold over the past weeks, #BringBackOurGirls, shows that the power of a hashtag can be in the much more complex interplay between online and offline actions that reinforce and intensify each other. Read More

First POST: Snoop Dog

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 29 2013

Dianne Feinstein finally decides that the NSA hasn't been straight with the Senate Intelligence Committee; Kentucky's successful health care exchange; the latest Silicon Valley techno-libertarian rant; and much, much more. Read More

Hipster Senators Liked #Kony2012 Before It Was Cool

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, April 19 2012

Several U.S. Senators have put together a video discussing their support for the U.S.-backed effort to catch Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Billed as a "Message from the United States Senate," the video, hosted by Senator Chris Coons' (D-Del.) YouTube account, is a response to newfound interest in Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, a group which has been wreaking havoc in central Africa for decades. The nonprofit Invisible Children famously stirred this pot in March with an extended web video calling on people to take to the streets on April 20, putting up posters and stencils in their towns to call attention to Kony and build political pressure for his arrest. The effort "hasn't gone unnoticed," Coons says. Read More

In a #Kony2012 Follow-Up Video, Invisible Children Responds to Critics

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, April 5 2012

Invisible Children on Thursday released its follow-up to the widely shared Kony 2012 video, titled KONY 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous. The nearly 20-minute video, in part a response to backlash from a previous video calling on Americans to take to their Twitter accounts and flyer their streets to call for the arrest of African militant leader Joseph Kony, opens with television coverage discussing the viral aspect of Invisible Children's last video, but also includes news reports about the backlash the campaign received. Read More

Invisible Children Announces a New Web Video to be Released Tomorrow

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, April 2 2012

Invisible Children plans to release a sequel to its widely viewed Kony 2012 video on Tuesday, a post on the group's Tumblr indicates. The post says the new video will include information on its "Cover the Night" event scheduled for April 20. According to a Reuters interview with Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children's director of ideology, the new video is "designed for an international audience with more details on Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and more voices from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo." Read More

First POST: All Shook Up

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, March 22 2012

Photo: Flickr/DonkeyHotey

Today's news: A round-up of reactions to Romney Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment about campaigns being like Etch-A-Sketch; Nielsen shares its findings about the demographics of the presidential candidates' online audience; a look at Harry Potter activism; more on Kony 2012; and New York City wants to run its own TLD. Read More