The double-edged crisis: Invisible Children's social media response to the Kony 2012 campaign

Stephanie Madden, Melissa Janoske, Rowena L. Briones

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Abstract

Using the ideas of social media activism and organizational learning to guide analysis, this paper explores Invisible Children, Inc.'s social-mediated response to the humanitarian crisis in Central and East Africa, the organizational crisis these responses created, and how the organization responded to these different types of crisis via social media. Key findings include describing their humanitarian crisis response as a "social experiment," Invisible Children's personalization of response on social media to their organizational crisis, and the increased transparency Invisible Children demonstrated during and after the crisis. The results of this study demonstrate how social media have the ability to play a key role in increasing awareness about an important humanitarian cause, yet can also threaten the reputation and legitimacy of the organization behind the social-mediated message.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalPublic Relations Review
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

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