Whether or not you buy into the belief that we can change the world via facebook and youtube or this film is one of the slickest propaganda projects of all time; as teachers we need to use topics like Kony 2012 to engage our students because it engages them in a huge way.
Kony 2012 is an undisputable internet sensation. Currently at 63 million views the 28 minute film about ridding the world of one of it's biggest baddest bullies from the comfort of your iPad has struck both a chord and a dagger into the minds of teenagers around the world for it's enthusiasm and simplicity of execution. The film can be viewed below - but please be careful of the age of students you share this with as it can be a little confronting and misleading in parts. Use your discretion.
Even if you choose to watch the film with them here are 3 great teaching discussions you can have with your students to help them make an informed decision about what to do next?
What is the difference between Activism and Slacktivism? Will sticking a poster on a wall or wearing a plastic bracelet really create a cure for cancer or rid the world of it's evils? Sure it makes us feel good and look to be caring about the world but is it really doing anything? - This is a great debate topic, discussion or essay piece with plenty of meat on both side of the bone be sure to discuss this with your students.
Will making Kony famous solve the problem? Robert Mugabe has been an incredibly well known violator of human rights in Africa by every country in the world yet has ruled as the high profile president of Zimbabwe for decades and is still in power.
Alternately in 2011 we saw uprisings in the middle East that led to an almost instantaneous defeat of dictators in Libya and Egypt as a result of social networking leading to people taking a stand for their rights?
How will this model fail or succeed and why? Brainstorm in groups and complete a Plus, Minus Interesting chart about the film makers approach to this issue.
Why has this film and project been so successful? As I said earlier whether you love it or hate it you cannot argue its success so far... It has teenagers actually looking outside their world and feeling as though they can make a difference and skeptics squirming at the level of insult they feel they have been subjected to.
Is it guilt? Is it the pure simplicity of the film? Is it a bunch of lies? Is it genuine idea from a genuine human being?
In groups create a mind map of the strategies that the film has used to get this over every media outlet in the world?
I am sure you have plenty of great teaching ideas and opinions on this topic and I encourage you to share them below and we'll add them t this post.