Where are we headed?

Today’s bombardment with Kony alerts on Facebook and events to a poster rally on the 20th April have all made me question: ‘whats the point?’ After the 25th notification with people sharing, jumping on the bandwagon seems to apply. I’m all for spreading the word but surely once, if not twice is enough. Why create a viral campaign at all? Is talking a dead art? I guess to reach the amount of people is only possible through social networking by raising awareness of the cause. Whilst everyone was busy watching the video, I was poking around and trying to find out more about Invisible children.

I’m not here to bad mouth or shun the organsition. I wanted to understand where there headed. What drives them to create flashy films to stur a campaign? And then it hit me. The guys created the documentary to show the plight of a country through a man who deems himself a leader. Surely thats wrong? From a film making stand point, I think the video is extremely professional and very ‘American.’ Playing on the heart strings is a technique used by kings of manipulation: Michael Moore and Louis Theroux. But it works. It’s a strange technique that can border upon pure exploitation. The subjects are already struggling why show it even more?

This raises the questions: Where are we all headed? Did the makers of Kony 2012 purposely estimate that everyone would react the way they have through creating a social campaign? Is this the same thing we had with Obama’s ‘Change’ motto 4 years ago? These may be at opposite ends of the scale (in terms of seriousity) but the makers must have had a specific objective in mind. Whether thats to simply show who Kony is or to bring a general awareness to the campaign. Social media as a form of marketing seems to be staying.

There’s no real path we can all follow. If you decide to jump on the band wagon, make sure you know about it before. Don’t just jump on board because someone poked or told you to. Actually look into it. If your not going to put poster up on the 20th April, decline the event. If you are, more for you. If you believe in a campaign like Kony 2012, go for it. Join the thousands of people who believe that there voice will make a difference by bringing awareness to the campaign. The direction you choose to head is down to you. If you decide to put 110% into something. Do it!

There are paths that we can individually take. Ones which arn’t necessarily obvious. But ones which are meaningful to everyone. Coming towards an end of a degree will lead to another path. What direction or form that will take? Who knows. By simply putting into place the steps towards a career into teaching, hopefully there might be something at the end of it all. There’s alot to learn from campaigns like Kony 2012. The persisitance and determinition to succeed is what makes the campaign such as success and an ideal everyone would hope to replicate.

 

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Tenth and Life Lessons

Welcome to the tenth edition of Beyond Volunteering and what could be one of the last. With the end of my placement¬† fast approaching, I’m trying to decide which way to take the blog. Do I continue the journey towards teaching or do I create sometime new entirely. One of the lessons learnt from my placement was direction. The ability to move forward with someone or something. Whether thats finishing a film or just starting one, the direction you head in is an important one. Working at PSC has provided me with a form of direction teaching the importance of life skills and lessons. I guess you could call it an irony with a future teacher being taught something?¬† Standing back from the bigger picture can sometimes seem daunting, when your not able to see the outcome of a situation. For example, I never knew my placement would be extended through to March. The importance of foresight is a skill I do not possess. Nor do you possess. (Unless you’ve been hiding this from me all along.)

Me @ Freshers Fayre 2011

I never saw this coming!

I never saw myself at Freshers Fayre 2011 promoting Film Society before the event took place. Maybe leading up towards it as we prepare the promo material and stall. My point reflects the inability to sense the direction you are heading towards. Anything could happen? I didn’t see myself stepping down as Chair just a few months later due to work commitments. Direction is an unfair beast. With PSC, having my placement extended was an awesome experience and one that I didn’t expect. Working with the students on there projects is an enriching experience and one which I hope to repeat one day. Life Lessons are a part of the wider picture. We will never stop learning as long as theres something new to learn. I’ve learnt so many life lessons from PSC, from patience through to team communication. These are all skills that I can bring across to other areas in my life.

The tenth post on my blog doesn’t really have any bells or whistles. It’s a ‘pure post’ detailing the lack of foresight we all possess and the approach towards it. We shouldn’t be scared of the direction we’re heading. I guess we should embrace it, talk about it and laugh at it. I never saw myself becoming a teacher until 9 months ago. Direction is a strange occurance that we’re all following. Maybe it’s time to take a different path and head in a new direction.

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