“I have to say that we were surprised at how effective the campaign was.” said Jody Morgan, a “part-time classroom assistant and full-time mother” as her Facebook profile quips, “but it goes to show that the power of social networking should not be underestimated. Normally our circle of friends restricts themselves to stuff that isn’t too contentious – complaining about the misuse of apostrophes or the weather – but this one just really took off!”
Kim Jong-un’s recent hesitation to escalate the tension has nothing to do with lack of traditional support from Communist China, Jody claims. “When I saw the map in the Guardian showing that the missiles could reach as far as Australia, I sprang into action.” Jody’s picture of a cute Koala bear with the caption “Don’t Let Me be Nuked – Share the Bear if you Care” was an instant success, with over 2000 Likes in the first day.
Darrel Hunt, Jody’s ex-boyfriend from their days a university takes up the story. ”The power of social networking really came into play at this point. Our circles only overlap by a few mutual acquaintances from back in the day, as they say, so by sharing Jody’s post it started to “go viral”. When I added the words “Stop being a Wrong’un, Kim Jong-un!” things just got mental, if you will excuse me for being a bit non-PC. After all, I’ve always been of the left, but you have to call a spade a spade. Whatever, the photo and my caption seemed to hit the zeitgeist.”
The shared picture swept through the Internet, taking over not just Facebook, but Instagram and Twitter, despite some naysayers mocking it for being “trite”. “Charlie Brooker can say what he likes, but it wasn’t him that got the North to back down. Kim Jong-un was faced with the concerns of not just Weybridge, but friends as far away as Cumbria and even Tuscany. Even pupils at my school were sharing it with their friends, and whatever Mr Brooker might say, they have actually been really nice to me about it.”
Jody is confident that Facebook is the way forward as an alternative to social unrest. “It’s now obvious that you don’t have to take part in civil disobedience to get things done in the world, If those misguided teenagers had taken to Facebook instead of the streets they could have halted the introduction of tuition fees in its tracks.”
Jody and Darrel are planning to meet up to celebrate their blow for world peace. “It’s been nearly 30 years since the Red Wedge gig when we split.” Jody confided. “If hadn’t left early to get the bus back to Halls Darrel wouldn’t have ended up with that girl from Manchester. Perhaps it’s time to get radical again now the kids are nearly off my hands.”