Previously, for over a decade, his pr machine was one of the most effective in the world. The combination of :
- being a docile student of Michael Fairbanks' Utopian experiment
- As Godfather of Rwanda, crushing internal dissent by all means necessary
- Playing the genocide-guilt card
- Propaganda , even right under our noses in New York city, and character assassination
It's great to see that Paul Kagame is aware of these major developments and increasingly aware of the fact that we collectively will be forever students of new media. However, I got a piece of advice for "Mister PR":
- start forging a team of digital five tool players,
- unfriend Michael Fairbanks on twitter
- Invite digital experts like Adam Cohen, Adam Singer, Lee Odden and Brian Solis instead.
Yesterday he was doing a twitter session (good start I would say) on the BBC. However DjiDén Maninka asked a very simple question as to what his response to the Mapping report is:
@DjiDenManinka @paulkagame Que dites-vous à ceux qui vous accusent d'être un des principaux responsables des massacres à l'est du congo ?Paul Kagame's reaction (an empty outburst and personal attack) shows that truth or compassion with the survivors of these mass killings are not part of his preoccupations, but also from a digital PR perspective he could do better:
@DjiDenManinka. U shd ask the Congolese,belgians n international(UN) any issues to do with Congo! Or ask yourslf?Personal attacks, propaganda and evasion have consistenly been the main ingredients of Paul Kagame's Pr Machine. Just look at this interview with Stephen Sackur. If this is the kind of reaction he gives to people outside of Rwanda, it's easy to understand what happens to journalists asking "wrong questions" inside Rwanda.
However, in an era of digital PR the regime in Kigali clearly has to reinvent a more convincing answer to these hard questions, that's the only conclusion I can come up with. Off course I loved to add some fuel to the excitement:
@paulkagame answer to the question by @DjiDenManinka on the mapping report shows this criminal should be in prison in The Hague
Adaptation to new media hurts, no doubt, it's a steep learning curve, even for "mister PR":
@coloredopinions. If the Hague was put there for any meaningful thing u shd be the one to be/go there and the lot like u!!!Isn't that reassuring for all of us who struggle to understand how to use new media effectively on a daily basis?
@coloredopinions. U r as tired,recycled,old n idle-minded as that mapping report u talk about...!
To sum up my advice to Paul Kagame and the digital team he is assembling, let me quote Winston Wolf:
"I'm not here to say please, I'm here to tell you what to do and if self-preservation is an instinct you possess you'd better fucking do it and do it quick. I'm here to help - if my help's not appreciated then lotsa luck, gentlemen. "