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“Kony 2012” is becoming the fastest-growing viral hit in history
The Wall Street Journal did a Storify on the incredible spread of the “Kony 2012” video.
At the Daily Dot, we’re big fans of Storify. It’s both a tool we use to tell stories and a community of other storytellers. When the Web reacts to a big news event, we’ll use Storify to bring you the best recaps and explainers.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Kony 2012 wrenched the top spot away from the Britain’s Got Talent video of Susan Boyle singing “I Dreamed a Dream,” which reached 70 million views in 6 days. It only took Kony 2012 five days to hit this milestone.
Making viral video history is rarely painless, and there’s already been a huge backlash against the makers of the video, Invisible Children, in newspapers, on blogs, and in social media. The Wall Street Journal captures the whole journey from anonymity to stardom to controversy in today’s featured Storify:Photo by chris shultz
David Holmes is a technology and politics reporter. His work has appeared in Fast Company, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, and Stereogum. In 2011, he wrote the acclaimed "The Fracking Song (My Water's on Fire Tonight) based on ProPublica's investigation on hydraulic fractured gas drilling.