The world is lucky to have Thor Halvorssen at such a critical juncture in the world’s history. The 40-year-old human rights activist has come to us just when technology and human rights advocacy is converging. There is no better person on planet Earth that understands the relationship between viral Internet content that educates the masses and actionable human rights advocacy.
Real change comes from the bottom up. You don’t have to look any farther back than the American Revolutionary War to understand this. When the entire population of the colonies became fed up with British rule, they fought back. It was the people of the American colonies that claimed their own independence. It was not given to them by the British monarchy.
With this lesson in mind, Thor Halvorssen aims to educate the population of certain countries so that they have their own revolution. Thor Halvorssen wants to educate as many people as possible of the human rights violations of unilateral dictators around the world in hope that their own population topples the human rights violating dictator. Thor Halvorssen expertly uses the Internet to achieve this goal.
Millions of people across the world know who Nikki Minaj is. In fact, more people are likely to know the popstar than their own representatives in government. That means there is much more information on the popular rapper on the Internet then there is information about politicians. So instead of making his arguments against unilateral dictators politically cut and dry, he uses the momentum of fame to educate <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FwYmcbRYi1w” frameborder=”the world” allowfullscreen></iframe>.
Nikki Minaj was paid a handsome salary to play a private concert for the dictator of Angola. She boarded a private jet with her friends in the United States to travel to the impoverished country. Thor Halvorssen used her fame as momentum by penning an open letter that went viral across the Internet. He pled the popstar not to play the concert for a variety of human rights violations that the dictator of Angola had perpetrated. Millions of people across the world saw this information as they looked up news about their favorite popstar.
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