Story Telling by Sam

With the first Kony video causing so much attention, the people behind the Kony 2012 movement attempted to accomplish a way to showcase their intent behind their campaign, giving critiques what they want; a means to the end.  Due to the media attention created during the viral leak of the first video, members of the Invisible Children organization felt a need to reply to the outbursts of both supporters and critics.  The first video was simple and emotional, getting the biggest bang for it’s buck from the voice of  Jason Russell and his child.  The voice of the child played a key role in the rhetorical styles behind the first video. The simplification of the method used was what captivated the masses so powerfully.  The second video lacked this aspect, leaving many to stop before the end of it was done, perhaps foreshadowing what could happen to the movement; a sign it could lose momentum and attention.  To reach our audience, the power of the voice must be directed in the right direction.  In my opinion, the second video’s voice wasn’t powerful enough. Or perhaps, as human beings, we can’t seem to quit criticizing.  Our world seemed filled with enmity, making us even able to turn a helpful cause into a media filled escape goal. While I feel the second video wasn’t as powerful, it did educate the audience that watched it on the movement, making it seem more educational than the first.  This being said, people still feel a connection to the cause.  With technology being so incredibly advanced today, people around the world can see each other, share stories, and share hardships which at points can create the feeling of wanting to protect one another.

Lately, I’ve been losing steam, somehow stepping away from the wonderful trip I had to reach back into reality, where finals, graduation and jobs seems to be buzzing around, swarming the minds of all seniors involved.  And while these issues seem daunting, my mind has been re-opened, rejuvenated after one encounter and re-telling of a story.  This past Wednesday, Aaron and the rest of our SCOM 318 family presented at the SCOM conference in front of faculty and students.  Before we spoke about our trip, a video was played, one which we had watched part of during the first day our the semester.  Added onto the video were clips and photos from our trip, ranging from pictures of the hostel and round table, to photos of our group working with the Lost Boys and Catholic Charities.  Immediately I was taken back to the memories; story retelling can be such a powerful mechanism.  Telling a story can be an act of remembrance, of resistance.  To share our stories out loud again made them seem more real.  This correlates to something Kuol told us the first day at the Lost Boys center, summarizing that to tell their story is the best way we as students can help.  The Lost Boy’s stories most be spoken so that they can be remembered.

So as graduation quickly approaches, my time will be spent focusing on finals, friends and finishing up the last three weeks of my college career in the best way possible. What won’t be forgotten is the memories from the trip, and the friendships made.  I know when I need motivation, encouragement, or a positive feeling, I will think back to this trip.

Phoenix forever.

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