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Monday, March 12, 2012

Trend alert: Kony 2012 - for good or bad?

Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Of course, behind every new thing in the world, there are skeptics. And so there should be. Yes, I think people should definitely be aware of the Kony 2012 campaign, but no, I don't think it's something to feel "empowered" over or anything of the sort. Kony is a horrible person who should be stopped, (as many evil forces world-wide should be, as well) and if Invisible Children are able to do that, then fantastic. Good job. So why hate on them? But also, why love them? I'm fairly neutral, but I do agree with many: before you jump on the bandwagon either way, research a little.

It amazes me how a viral campaign can get so much attention so quickly. It's a phenomenal thing to see. But seeing how fast this popped up over everyone's Facebook pages in a matter of hours, makes me think, what if this is all BS? It's so easy to manipulate and spread viral videos. I'm not trying to deter anyone's opinions here, just encouraging a critical thinking pattern about anything, really, in the media today.

I still believe we should fight (peacefully) for international justice and raise awareness of the evils going on in the world, but don't get caught up in the topicality of Kony 2012. With all the hype of this campaign, it's easy to be an ignorant follower without doing some fact checking first. Just be a critical thinker, your own thinker. —JL

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