One of the wonderful things and challenges of Intro to Civic Media is that there are a lot of topics to cover, but this is only because there are a lot of incredible things happening to call attention to problems, mobilize people to confront those problems and make change in communities around the world.
A week ago, the Introduction to Civic Media class began by viewing hard-to-watch videos of atrocities and discussing the media strategies used to produce them. Then we had a conversation about youth activism, followed by a fun and inspirational workshop where we envisioned the news the way we wanted it to be and used Newsjack to rewrite the day’s news headlines.
Remixing Human Rights
A montage of graphic images of human rights violations flash on and off the screen to the tune of Michael Jackson’s "They Don’t Care about Us." The lyrics take on an eerie new meaning, "Bang bang, shot dead. Everybody's gone mad...All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us." The videos are a haunting and disturbing way to share with internet users what has happened and is happening in various parts of the world.