Earlier this morning, this post was one calling people to watch the below video, and ‘do something’. Only a few hours later, it came across my mind that I’m not usually a person to act without researching – when I buy something, I make sure I am getting what I want, by researching it online before I spend my hard earned money. And so why would this be any different? Why, before you whip out your credit card to spend $30 on a tshirt and a bracelet, wouldn’t you do a little bit of background reading?
And, what I found kind of freaked me out. Over 4 million people had watched this YouTube video in the 2 days it had been up. And how many of them do you think though ‘I’ll do my own investigation into this’ before following the crowd to repost it on their YouTube pages?
Not many obviously. But apparently these people did.
And these people
And these people
And these ones too…
Edit: Here’s one more link that I found… http://jezebel.com/5891269/think-twice-before-donating-to-kony-2012-the-meme-du-jour
Last year the ‘not-for-profit’ organisation behind KONY 2012 spent over $8 million. EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS. And only 31% of that money went to helping children in Uganda. The rest was spent on travel, staff costs, video production and travel.
So I don’t know what I think anymore. The video is below. Watch it. Don’t watch it. It’s your choice. But just make sure that you do your own research before you make a descision. I know I wish I had.
Note: I know this is not obviously the popular opinion. Hate on me for it. I don’t really care. But I just wanted to say that I have done the reading now on BOTH SIDES, and have made up my mind to not necessarily follow something blindly just because everyone else is. Don’t judge me until you have done the same.