If you haven’t watched this video in the past few days, you should. It is pretty powerful. What mother, what parent can’t relate to this message and be moved by it.
The past couple of years, I taught a memoir about child soldiers called A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. My sophomores really got into the story, but even though we talked about how current the issue is, child soldiers remained a distant crime. A shame we could be upset about, angered about, knowledgeable about, but ultimately removed from.
So now, I think this video is shrinking that distance. It is making more people aware, and the more aware people are and the more people who are aware, the more likely that something will happen, right?
This isn’t just about awareness, though. Crowds can be problematic. Crowds mean that someone else will address the issue.
This seems to be about accountability. This seems to be about using social media to wage a war against an awful individual. To encourage action. To raise the necessary money. This seems to be about a Many-on-One Attack. This seems to be about social media in its most profound application.
But will it work? Will Kony be stopped? Will social media be the heroic champion of this story?
I can’t wait to find out!