Today’s The State of Disruption is about the the campaign to stop Joseph Kony, a cruel warlord who is accused of abducting, murdering and raping children in Uganda and neighboring countries. A video produced by the Invisible Children went totally viral, and #stopkony was a worldwide trending topic. However, there are some fundamental discussions going on about this campaign. Why do we discuss something which is clearly a matter of human rights and foreign policy? Because this video has been viewed by millions of people all over the world, and leads to in-depth discussions about a situation which seems far away and hardly relevant to most Westerners. It seems that the web once again is bridging geographical distances and goes beyond the borders of states and the old institutions.
I'm a digital newsroom manager at Mediafin, the publisher of Belgium's leading business newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo. I have a special interest in the intersection of immersive media, business and philosophy.