Sunday, March 11, 2012

Opportunity knocks very loudly


KONY2012 has gone viral, not just on the airwaves, but on the streets, in homes. It has reached all ages and all walks of life. People are talking about it, sharing it, wanting to take action to find this guy. They are angry, feeling helpless, they want to protect the children of Uganda and surrounding countries from this monster.

It all started with a well made documentary that was posted on Youtube on the night of Monday 5th March and has since been viewed over 35 million times and going up (The Scotsman). It was posted to people via twitter and facebook, via people they knew and trusted. They watched the video, they were moved, they wanted to do something. Did many of them check the history? The accuracy of what was being said? It was not for a couple of days later the media picked it up and started their own investigations into the the background of this campaign. They started asking questions and many found it was not all that it seemed to be. They were small voices in a massive tide but slowly people have been reading the questions and thinking.

This is an amazing opportunity for any school librarian to lead the charge to start asking students to think about what they see, hear & read in the media in a number of ways.
  • To critically analyse the Kony video to find its power,
  • to look into the allegations,
  • to find out more information behind the reasons for the video.
  • To check more than one source to find out information, to educate themselves about what is happening.
  • Where to find such sources in such a current event?

To investigate charities :
  • What makes a charity?
  • Who creates charities?
  • Could charities be politically motivated? Imgur
  • Where does the money go?

It is too easy to share on social media - you watch something then press 'share' while you are in a high emotional state with an equally charged message to your friends.
  • Why do we share?
  • What about a discussion on social responsibility in the digital world?
  • Being irresponsible is passing on 'important' messages without checking the facts?
  • What about being a little more cynical and less gullible?
  • What about the CRAP test? (Currency, Reliability, Authenticity and Purpose of a source?).
  • Who is responsible for passing on this virus?
  • Why do we believe all that is said about what is happening in Africa as a whole?
  • Are they really people who cannot help themselves - do we suffer from the single story of Africa which is why we are so eager to believe?
  • What does it tell us how people are sharing news and events in 2012? Who can we trust now?
  • How do we become informed?

There are so many more questions and opportunities to use this video and campaign in an educational setting, don't miss it!

How are you going to use it?

I love the message in this video response to Kony 2012 Kony 2012 Is misleading.
And for the record, as of this posting I have not watched the Kony 2012 video, nor have I passed it onto anyone else. Should I?

1 comment:

Cathy Nelson said...

These are my same exact thoughts, and like you, I have NOT watched it at all either. I have asked teachers who are asking to watch the video at school (yes, we have to "download" youtubes, and I as the librarian am their "source" for that download) to really critically analyze all the information before using it as an instructional tol, or better, have their students research more than just the video, such as similar causes or similar issues that are global.