The Spread of Knowledge or Opinion?
// Posted by Phylicia on 03/12/2012 (11:59 PM)
Since its birth, the power of the internet was derived from its ability to spread information. From the Whole Earth Catalog to Wiki Leaks, despite form, information is dispersed to all those with access. This past week, social-media networks experienced something else, the spread of opinions. After the Invisibile Children campaign against Kony: KONY 2012 erupted all over Facebook, among other sites, individuals quickly adopted opinions. I am not here to favor one opinion over another, I am just making observations.
In my opinion, the virtual campaign exploded so quickly that many individuals posting about and “supporting” the KONY 2012 campaign did not even have enough time to fully research what they were supporting. This would seem to suggest that as a result of a lack of complete information (the complete picture), individuals were rather quick to “choose” sides.
Awareness is a wonderful thing. However, I am less comfortable with activism that occurs because its “social” or “cool” to support a cause. What is happening in Uganda is not just. However, activism isn’t solely about following the crowd. Real activism creates change not only through awareness, but also of knowledge. I hope individuals choose to become more knowledgeable of the causes they support. Even when they are worthwhile.
Here’s the KONY 2012 video if you haven’t gotten a change to check it out!