Posts tagged internet
Posts tagged internet
Alrighty, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and yes I’ll get around to the damn circus of a primary race going on right now. For now I wanna talk about this KONY 2012 campaign that several film makers have been running for a couple years. It centers around a very bad War Lord, Joseph Kony, from Uganda who uses some pretty horrific tactics to expand his army and control. The people trying to stop him have been using online communications and social media to spread their message and they seem to be very effective at it.
Their most recent film is about 30 minutes long and focuses on the history of their campaign and the next step in their mission to stop this man. Now, this film really does pull on your heart strings, that much is clear. And after some research to get better informed, I found out that the behavior of the people running this campaign has been less than desirable. Now rather than write these people off, I tried looking at the effort they put forward in a different way.
If you ignore the subjective focus of this project, you find something completely different underneath the campaign. This film is a documentary on how powerful the internet can be when used properly. These people were able to lobby the US government into taking action toward something that neither threatens us by existing nor helps us by removing. And personally, I think that message is just as important as stopping Kony.
Not too long ago, the US government brought up a couple pieces of legislation that would have severely restricted our lines of communication. They are the Protect Intellectual Property Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, or PIPA and SOPA respectively. These bills would have given our government to shut down international and domestic websites that were accused of hosting some form of content that has proprietary value to someone else. A colossal online campaign leading up to the day of the vote drummed enough support to postpone the vote.
If this bill had passed, and it still might if everyone doesn’t remain vigilant, campaigns like KONY 2012 might not be possible. The internet has become a social movement across the world, it has become a place where people with nothing in common that would never meet otherwise can exchange ideas and opinions. Mobile technology has compounded that ability even more; anyone can carry around a device the size of a deck of cards that can access any information that’s available online. Keeping those lines of communication free and unfettered is something everyone should fight for.
here’s a couple links that explain SOPA/PIPA better
oh and one more thing…