#KONY2012

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Howdy Kids,

So I know this isn't what you signed up for when you started following my blog. However the atrocities of Kony have just come to my attention. It amazes me that such crimes against humanity can continue for so long, and the vast majority of the public (myself included) can live in such total ignorance. This blog was not created with the intention of being a social or political platform, just a place to talk about silly, frivolous things that make me happy. 

Rest assured, this does not make me happy. However, websites such as Klout inform me I have quite a substantial amount of online influence, and in particular an engaged audience.  Please engage with this.

If you could take half an hour out of your day to watch this video, and do what you can to share it, well then that would be just wonderful. 


I have read so much about the many problems of the internet, and the negative effect it has had upon our generation. Sometimes I'm inclined to agree - dreadful attention spans, a total inability to entertain ourselves without technology, and a loss of the distinction between social networking and actual socialisation; these are traits I notice amongst my peers and myself, and more so among my younger siblings' friends. However, we are the first generation who can really keep this in the public awareness, if our attention spans can hack it, (already #KONY2012 has stopped trending on Twitter, to be replaced by the admirable cause #youowemehead), and that could just make all the difference. Let's please try and use social media to raise awareness, which will hopefully instigate change.


I'm not going to tell you what cause you should be fighting for, frankly it's not my place. But if this is for you, then the youtube video has links to all the ways in which you can make a difference; mostly awareness-raising and an online petition. And maybe see some of you at Cover the Night, Manchester. 

Thanks guys,

Mona.

5 comments:

  1. It is amazing that this has gone one for so long and not even been in the public's peripheral vision - as Jason Russell says, if this had happened to even one child in America (or England), it would have been all over the news. That this has been going on for 26 YEARS is disgusting. 'Lovely' isn't the right word for this post, but I'll definitely see you at Cover the Night, Manchester!

    Miss B x

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  2. Hey dude, thought you might be interested in this blog post: http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/post/18890947431/we-got-trouble

    While obviously the surface message (arrest this criminal) is totally legit, it is still important that people are aware that Invisible Children is somewhat less than a force for pure good, and that by agreeing with their message without knowing all the facts, well... "People supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re supporting the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away."

    I hope I haven't come across as preachy. It's just, I popped the video on my FB, and a friend just linked me to this, and I was just like...woah, I need to pass this on...

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    1. Hi darl, thanks for commenting. It doesn't seem preachy at all!

      I read the article earlier and was really saddened to read about some of the inner workings of the charity. Their spending leaves somewhat to be desired (as do many charities), and the support of the Ugandan Military is obviously shocking.

      However, I think that the surface message is too important to be ignored. Also, I think that as Invisible Children gains spotlight due to social media exposure, the charity will be forced to reconsider their methods as they will naturally face a high amount of public scrutiny.

      Thanks for sharing though, frankly I feel that the more information people receive about issues like this, the better!

      Mona x

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    2. Oh, for defs, this is absolutely a message that needs spreading!

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Mona x

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