“I shared, reblogged, liked, AND pledged for KONY2012! I am a good person who is doing great change to this world.’
I don’t hate African people, I don’t hate children, and I am not opposed to the downfall of current No.1 on the World’s Most Wanted List – Joseph…
I disagree with the author’s conclusion that we need to forsake one burden to pick up another one — no one can weigh one social/injustice issue to be higher than the other. If a particular issue speaks to you on a personal level to take action, you will mobilize yourself, the nearest around you and eventually make an impact. No inherent benefit lacks in narrowing what social issues matter more or less. How are we to tackle social and injustice issues that varies in its kind and size as much as the number of people who are living in it?
But his other points hit notes on why I feel weary about this heavily social media, multimedia-driven campaign. The Kony 2012 campaign is gaining momentum through out different mediums on the web. The campaign is well put, aesthetic and simplified enough not to depress the raging young hopes of bringing tangible changes. This campaign might be the first social issue many passionate, pure and young hearts are giving their time and genuine effort. I hope Invisible Children do not take this opportunity for granted. Better measures to keep the organization transparent - both financially and administratively -, thus gaining trust and longterm commitment, are one way to further encourage young people like me to stay involved pass our laptops and smart phones. I want us to know that even if Kony does not get arrested by end of the year 2012, it does not equal failure. If our caring stops at the click of a ‘share’ and ‘like’ button, then it would be. And it is both our and Invisible Children task to achieve that. Fight against injustice is never a sprint. It is a life-long marathon. Let’s pace ourselves and start running the marathon.