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What Teens Think About the Kony Campaign

Posted: 03/11/2012 3:37 pm

Earlier this week, a 30 minute documentary film called "Kony 2012" took the internet by storm. Within hours, it was trending on Twitter and all over Facebook. The film is part of a social media humanitarian campaign initiated by Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization. The campaign's premise is to utilize social media to spread awareness about Joseph Kony, a central African warlord and his atrocious crimes against humanity. The goal is to capture Kony by the end of 2012.

As of Friday night, the video had been viewed 60 million times on YouTube, and 15 million times on Vimeo. Much of the success of the campaign is owed to teens and young adults all over the world, who have been instrumental in spreading awareness about Kony through social media outlets. According to data collected by YouTube, the video is most popular among teenage girls ages 13 to 17, young men ages 18 to 24, and teenage boys ages 13 to 17. Teens in my area have already organized Facebook events for the community to participate in the campaign, with over 4000 guests planning to attend.

Since teens are the backbone of this movement, I thought it would be interesting to see what teens at my school really think about the campaign. So, I surveyed various students at Beverly Hills High School, and here's what they have to say about the Kony campaign.

My questions for you: Do you agree with them? What do you think about the Kony campaign?

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I think that this Kony phenomenon can be quite the game changer. This movement can either prove to be successful and or die out like others that have happened. I do believe that if it does indeed work that this can show that if a hoi polloi of people come together from everywhere we can change anything and everything. This is truly the best way to use social networking and it is most definitely making a statement.