(retrospect on) Why the Kony Campaign moved me
The impact of what we all witnessed over social networking outlets across the world was so much greater than some terrorist in Uganda. What we experienced in this social experiment is unity.
- While I fully agreed with the apprehension of this man, he’s not what really captured my attention. The video created by the Invisible Children organization almost brought me to tears. Not for the reason you may think though. The fact that there are children suffering at the hands of this man is sad, yes, but it’s not something that surprises me. Children are suffering constantly from world hunger, suffering is just part of life. What hit me and warmed my heart was, that for the briefest of a moment, I felt united with the world.
- We are all growing up in the internet revolution. We are connected for better and for worse. This isn’t about America rising up to overcome adversity like they have done before, ( abolishment of slavery, Women’s rights movement etc..) No, this is the world rising up to overcome injustice. We had a common cause that we all agreed on. Something that is universally unaccepted.
- Most people don’t agree with the murdering of people or allowing children to be forcibly recruited to someone’s army. Issues like these are the sort of causes that can be promulgated in this fashion. They can become viral, and we have the perfect tool to do it, The internet. Why if we all agree that certain things are wrong, do we not just try to end them?
- Freedom of speech is something that is taken for granted in the United State, we’ve had it for a while and we have used it. Other countries haven’t been so lucky, but now because of how accessible the internet has become globally, people who couldn’t speak now have a voice.
- Even though this Kony Mission wasn’t successful in stopping this man, which I had hoped it would. The ball was set in motion, the path laid down for us to unite through global communication. We can make human issues viral and fix them together. Remember, for something to become viral it needs to be something the majority of cultures and beliefs are against. Like child labor, slavery, genocide, etc, most people are against these practices.
- I am well aware that the man behind the the idea of the video became mentally unstable and performed lewd acts in public. I am not here to question who he is or what he really stood for. Really it doesn’t matter if he was just in it for the money or not. What matters is that he demonstrated that the internet is the perfect platform to join us all in a single cause.
- The group anonymous has also demonstrated the potential of the internet, although their ends don’t always justify the means, depending on who you talk to. That is irrelevant though because the world will always disagree, Its part of the beauty of being human. Although when 9/10 of us agree on a cause and nothing is being done to forward that cause then their is no beauty there.
- Join me lets use the internet to fix this world together, all of us. I leave you with this quote that really illustrates how I feel about you, my humanity.
“What I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that though I do not know you and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you.” - V for Vendetta