Kony vs. Social Media

Kony 2012

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!

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6 thoughts on “Kony vs. Social Media

  1. Great post, Mrs. Harding! When I watched the video I immediately remembered the book we read in class and didn’t even realize how few people were aware of this issue! Thank you so much for bringing awareness to this subject.

  2. I would love to see Social Media finally do something other than alert us to the fact that our friends are at The Olive Garden, checking in! If it could really mobilize an effort to take down evil, imagine the possibilities!! 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Life With Blondie and commented:
    I have never reblogged something before, but this was posted today by The Milk Tree and I would love to see Social Media finally do something other than alert us to the fact that our friends are at The Olive Garden, checking in! If it could really mobilize an effort to take down evil, imagine the possibilities!! 🙂

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