When I woke up on the 7th March, everyone was posting on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and even on Blackberry Messenger about the Kony 2012 video. As soon as one person mentioned it, another would jump on the bandwagon and share it with someone else. It was the only thing people seemed to be talking about. Many students starting creating events to join in on April 20th and spread the word.
However, it wasn’t until the following day when other posts started popping up. Images from the movie Predator, as an actor in that film looks very much like Kony, articles about how people need to know the facts before they start sending money to the Invisible Children charity and also about how getting to Kony would eventually end up in killing children anyway.
Yes, Kony is a terrible person, but at the end of the day we need to realise that we can’t just listen to what a video tells us and then think, “we must do something!” Because what exactly could you do?
Don’t get me wrong, as soon as I saw the video I wanted to join in, I wanted to be a part of it.
It wasn’t until after I spoke with my mum about it, in a general conversation, as she hadn’t heard about the uproar on social networking sites, and she said to me, the government must know about it. Think about the amount of terrible people there are in the world. Africa’s government need to deal with it, even though they apparently also used child soldiers. A few years ago I watched a film, Blood Diamond, which showed a similar situation, however the difference is that Kony is doing this just to keep his reputation.
The point I’m trying to get across is that, after everyone saw that video, they wanted to be part of it, they wanted to join in and help stop this man. However, a week later it’s died down and no one is posting statuses or tweeting about him. Know the facts before you do something and don’t just jump on the bandwagon because that’s what everyone else is doing.