Kony 2012 -- A video gone viral in my school

Discussion in 'General Education' started by StudentTeach, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. StudentTeach

    StudentTeach Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    431
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 8, 2012

    Has anyone else seen the Kony 2012 video on YouTube? My kids have been talking about it all week so finally I watched it and I had to hold back the tears. The students really want to get involved in part of the movement, which I think is great (that they are passionate about SOMETHING). If you haven't seen it yet, WATCH IT here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc&feature=g-logo&context=G2cf5190FOAAAAAAABAA

    If you have and your students are doing something about it, tell us about it!
     
  2.  
  3. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    14,070
    Likes Received:
    1,886

    Mar 8, 2012

    How coincidental--one of the other teachers was telling me about it this morning. Her son has become quite involved and I'm going to show it to my kids after we're back from our break.
     
  4. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,432
    Likes Received:
    603

    Mar 8, 2012

    They talked about this on Channel 1 this morning. I've heard differing views about this, and about the charity involved with it.
     
  5. sizzla_222

    sizzla_222 Companion

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    237
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 8, 2012

    watching it now.... on vimeo. hope it is the same video.
     
  6. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,562
    Likes Received:
    1,678

    Mar 8, 2012

    That's it. One of my alum students sent it my way. I've been aware of Kony for a while and am glad his monstrosity is being brought to public attention.
     
  7. hubbopolis

    hubbopolis Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 8, 2012

  8. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,606
    Likes Received:
    2,713

    Mar 8, 2012

    Our school works closely with Invisible Children. I've found the organization to be transparent, ethical, and representative of its core values.
     
  9. appleaday180

    appleaday180 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2012
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 8, 2012

    It is incredible how quickly the word is spreading, it is during times like these that I am thankful for social media!
     
  10. KateL

    KateL Habitué

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    810
    Likes Received:
    2

    Mar 8, 2012

    One of my students came to class with Kony 2012 shaved in the back of his hair today. I still haven't watched the video, but I'm guessing that it's gone viral here too!
     
  11. hubbopolis

    hubbopolis Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2011
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 17, 2012

    Just in case anyone hadn't heard already, one of the co-founders of Invisible Children, Jason Russell, was arrested then hospitalized after flipping out in quite dramatic fashion on Thursday.

    The guy seems to be having a bit of a breakdown after the attention generated from the video. I won't link any of the articles here as some of them are rather exploitative. Just Google Jason Russell if you want more info.
     
  12. JustMe

    JustMe Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    7,946
    Likes Received:
    4

    Mar 17, 2012

    It's huge at my school...but I am uneasy about it all.
     
  13. webmistress

    webmistress Devotee

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,084
    Likes Received:
    64

    Mar 17, 2012

    I never thought they were sincere. I'm always extremely skeptical of huge movements like this, especially with the racial factors involved.
     
  14. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,245
    Likes Received:
    100

    Mar 17, 2012

  15. Speechy

    Speechy Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Messages:
    255
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 24, 2012

    He apparently suffered a "mental breakdown" from the overall reaction of the video, which included him damaging vehicles and masturbating in the street.

    I've laughed for days about it... good god.
     
  16. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Messages:
    5,770
    Likes Received:
    1,004

    Mar 24, 2012

    I think he should see someone about that. It's not healthy and generally socially frowned upon, artistic license notwithstanding.
     
  17. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,606
    Likes Received:
    2,713

    Mar 25, 2012

    He was diagnosed with psychosis.
     
  18. Myrisophilist

    Myrisophilist Habitué

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 25, 2012

    The buzz around this video has, of course, prompted people to look further into the issue, and apparently the video mischaracterizes the current situation. It also represents an "America can save the world" attitude. Stimulating students to work for social justice is admirable, but critical thinking (and background research) should be a requisite part of engaging in such a project.
     
  19. orangetea

    orangetea Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2012
    Messages:
    1,600
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 25, 2012

    I agree with this. I'm not fond of the video.
     
  20. TeachOn

    TeachOn Habitué

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2012
    Messages:
    804
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 25, 2012

    I'm (sheepishly) with Speechy on this one. I suppose there is joke in here about America's love/hate relationship with the automobile, but I can't quite get it to come together. Still, what a story arc!

    1) Man aspires to bring more freedom to the world.
    2) Everyone applauds, in mindless unison.
    3) Skeptics murmur.
    4) Man gets nervous, engages in self-abuse and vehicular mayhem.
    5) Man loses freedom because insane.

    It's a postmodern King Lear.
     
  21. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    24,959
    Likes Received:
    2,116

    Mar 25, 2012

    I don't think a psychotic mental breakdown is artistic expression...if that's truly what happened here, I would hope 'society' would have some compassion.
     
  22. EpicBacon

    EpicBacon Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 26, 2012

    I haven't done a fair amount of research to come to any conclusions, but apparently the video is really misleading.

    I do know that Jason Russel (the guy that made the video) recently had a public outburst where we obsessively swore in public naked..

    It's not a charity that I'd consider donating to, but I suppose it's nice to raise awareness on the situation.
     
  23. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,807
    Likes Received:
    1,171

    Mar 26, 2012

    The link that Amanda posted, by someone who has lived through the situation, notes some oversimplifications in the presentation but by and large endorses the video.

    If a video like this can get people motivated to care what happens in Africa, I say that Jason Russell has done a mitzvah - and I'd say his breakdown deserves at least as much compassion as do the mental or physical breakdowns of famous Hollywood or Broadway performers.
     
  24. Myrisophilist

    Myrisophilist Habitué

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    0

    Mar 26, 2012

    The video could be used as a teaching tool in many ways. Students could view it as a class and do research on the actual events that provoked the video. Maybe they could make their own social action videos/presentations. I see potential for teaching research and critical thinking skills!
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 237 (members: 3, guests: 201, robots: 33)
test