Dana is a 16-year-old from San Diego, CA. Her love of reading and writing has allowed her to share the experiences and lessons that have taught her so much with countless others. She enjoys traveling to new places, dancing and cooking, and hopes that one day she will both work in the education field and become a published author.
With the rise of the viral video, Kony 2012, teens have been mentally and physically on the move. Posting posters around school, creating Invisible Children clubs, and simply spreading the word through Facebook and the media are among the most popular methods teens have employed to respond to the video.
The organization, Invisible Children, created the 29-minute video to raise awareness through the media to put Joseph Kony behind bars, and the effects have triggered a thin line between two different responses. While some question the reliability and authenticity of the organization and bring up controversies regarding Joseph Kony’s current whereabouts, the video, nevertheless, is a stimulant to raise awareness among the new generation of teens and adults who utilize the media to become a part of a social movement.
Teenagers who view the video see the way Jason Russell explains the issue to his own child, and realize that they have the power that they can do the same to others.
Thus, regardless of the controversies and rumors about the organization and the video, teens hold the power to act to the video in the following ways:
1) Send the video to others. A simple click of the button is spreading the word and raising awareness. Nothing is more important than taking full advantage of the potentiality of media to bring movement for a cause.
2) Numerous Facebook pages have been flooded with teen’s comments on their views of the video. If Kony 2012 is a controversial issue, then question it and speak up. Use the media to voice opinions – Kony is a hot topic and teens are willing to debate about it.
3) Make a response video. Teens are the backbone of the Kony video and can strike back with a video of their own. YouTube has several videos circulating right now.
4) As mentioned above, make posters, flyers, or create a club. Groups of students went around schools in San Diego County to plaster advocacy posters. Some started a club.
5) Use talents to appeal to local communities. Whether through writing, music, creating t-shirts, or sending a letter to a local radio station or school newspaper, a single teen has the greatest opportunity to act out during an event where the new generation of teens is the main target – teens can take advantage of this and learn how to take a step towards a mass movement.
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