The geopolitical world has got a lot to learn from the digital world, of the ease with which [it] swept away obstacles that no one knew could even be budged. — Bono (at 02:30)”
Bono, had organized many calls to action, organisations and places for people to voice their opinions. The most famous of these being live aid – and the single “Do they know it’s Christmas” by Band Aid in 1984. This effort raised global awareness of the plight of Africa and changed that continents destiny for the better. If current efforts are maintained Bono himself has said we as a planet can end starvation in Africa in the next 30 years. He as the quote above suggests attributes this to our digital age. Online activism although is not the first thing brought to mind by Bono and third world plight but that is where their success has grown from.
Groups like anonymous use the online space to threaten and attack countries, companies or individuals who find themselves at odds with their values. Anonymous is news, exciting, relevant, proximal because we live on the internet, but have Anonymous achieved anything like what Bono and his followers have in Africa? Well that’s not the point, is it? They are making the free use of the internet, to publish anything, with anonymity and without authority as Tim Barners lee envisaged. Wether for good or ill, if you have a cause the internet is an amazing tool to reach and involve the masses.