This was the formative NGO ad campaign for my friends and I. I wish we could sustain these reactions and the way we felt when we watched that, how capable we felt and above all, how aware and informed we sought to be about everything that was going on so that we could create change.
I really want to make a video about all of this but in case I don’t have the opportunity I’d like to highlight something from Hank’s post, which I reblogged earlier this morning:
However, my worry is that we will soon feel about the LRA the way we feel about Syria today. John’s video recounts tremendous crimes against humanity that continue in Syria right now, and yet the most common comment is “KONY 2012.” I would like to encourage us all to understand that international relations are not conducted on the time scale of the internet.
Pay attention pay attention pay attention. To the woman who set herself on fire in Tibet, to her cause, to Karzai’s support of the Ulema Council document that says it’s okay to beat women, to Netanyahu’s comparisons between Iran’s nuclear development programme and Auschwitz, to the drug wars all over the world, to Sarkozy’s comments on foreigners and immigrants, to what’s going on in Libya still, with East Libya, with the NTC. Pay attention and then sustain that attention.
Will: My observation Em, is that on the Internet, people tend to say nasty things before they have all the information at hand.
Emma: Wait a second!
Will: Yes! Let me go on.
Emma: Someone should tell somebody this.
Will Gluck and Emma Stone on the Easy A commentary.