Back in March, we told you about the launch of The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive, which makes available thousands of papers belonging to the man who galvanized the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, before eventually becoming the leader of the nation. Partly funded by Google, the archive lets you revisit important moments in Mandela’s life — his Early Life, his Prison Years, and his Presidential Years.
That Digital Archive offers one way to tell Mandela’s story. Now here’s another. The creators of the web site Mandela Story launched a short video yesterday that looks at Mandela’s life through the lens of social media. And it’s meant to raise a serious question: “Would Mandela have spent 27 years in captivity if he (and others) had access to the same technology, social media platforms and tools as we do today?”
It’s short and certainly creative. And if it speaks to you, you should check out Rembrandt’s Facebook Timeline, a clip created by The Rijksmuseum that imagines the social life of the great Dutch painter.