Currently, the KONY 2012 video is going viral across social media networks - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, you name it. It's essentially an emotional video with some nice cinematography that obviously stirs the general population. GREAT! People need to know about the social injustices of the world.
But, people are gathering arms to get rid of Kony by the end of 2012, determined to donate money to Invisible Children and join the cause. Hm. Let's take a step back; really think about what we're getting ourselves into here. Honestly, people before this video probably didn't even know who Kony was. That's the great thing about social media these days - it's so useful to spread awareness! But, let's take another step back.
Who is Invisible Children? What do they do? Where does the money go? What have they done in the past? What do they really stand for? Nobody seems to be asking themselves this question. I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to believe whatever they want to believe in, but let's just make sure we always take a look at the big picture first. It's better to question all then to blindly accept what others tell us. I think that's a huge problem with today's culture - our generation. Everyone wants to SAVE THE WORLD, but nobody's really thinking on their own. They just jump on the bandwagon, reblog that tumblr post, repost that Facebook status, etc. etc.
Now, is every NGO perfect? No. Is every IGO perfect? No. Nobody is perfect, but knowing the faultiness of your own logic is a good thing. You don't want to be the one who just follows a trend of reblogging a video about KONY 2012 without having any real idea about what's actually going on.
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