The most recent viral video, KONY 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc), has caused an uproar among people all across America. The intent of this 30 minute video is to raise awareness of the injustices done by Kony, an African leader in Uganda. Raising moral awareness on this scale is nearly unprecedented, and it brings the indifference of 1st World citizens to light. The fact that Kony has kidnapped and forced male children to become soldiers, and female children to become prostitutes is clearly a violation of human dignity; however, I believe that America’s ignorance of African suffering is an even greater threat to human dignity. Hundreds of millions of American citizens were caught off-guard. Had they devoted even three hours of their lives to educate themselves on international injustice, they would have realized that this sort of evil occurs on a daily basis all around the World. It seems to me that the format of this video is meant to entertain more than to raise awareness, degrading any form of true morality.
Although the video does bring much needed awareness to the 1st World attitude of indifference to suffering, the goal of the video is extremely misleading. The video encourages a mindset that suggests Kony is the biggest offender to human dignity in the World, and also suggests that this sort of immorality is uncommon. Many writers, whether it be Hitchens exposing injustice in the Middle East or Marx exposing oppression of the proletariat, have attempted to bring the message that humans suffer every day far beyond any American’s expectations. The World does not need a movement to liberate an isolated injustice, but an awareness that suffering is a very real problem, even in the 21st century.