Today I woke up to many Facebook wallposts about the video “KONY 2012”, I had seen a few posts of it for the past few weeks but today it was peaking. So I decided to see what this hype was about. The introduction starts showing the power of social networking sites and the internet getting messages across and campaigns. Then the narrator explains about his little son which gives a more compassionate feeling to the video. Another character is introduced being the narrator and the little boy’s friend who suffered in Uganda, being a victim of the child soldiers regime put in place by Kony.
He leads a army of child soldiers, where girls are used as sex slaves and boys as soldiers. Children (as young as the son in the video) are snatched and forced to become a child soldier under Kony which then they are made to kill there own parents. Kony does this for the sense of power. The narrator continues in what action he has taken and the impact he has made with the campaign against Kony. It shoes that he has had support from Barrack Obama and now wants to spread awareness by setting an event worldwide where on the 20th April 2012, people across the world will put posters/ spread the message across the town/ city at night so in the morning following people will be surprised and take notice.
The bit in the video that hit me was when the narrator, said that he made a promise to Jacob, he didn’t know how he was going to achieve it but he strongly felt the need to take action.
As an art specialist university I think this will be an opportunity to create awareness and show the individuals work at NUCA. I like the unity towards doing this for a good cause and yet there is a sense of danger as it is street art therefore putting work up on the event night will be difficult. It would be revolutionary in that it gets the whole world involved especially with the power of the internet by just streaming a video.
Here are some posters I have came across: