On April 20, a Facebook group of nearly 375 people was scheduled to gather and spread awareness for “Kony 2012”.
It did not happen.
Reese Court stood empty at 6 p.m., the time “Cover The Night” was supposed to begin.
According to the “Cover The Night Cheney” Facebook page, the goal of “Cover The Night” was to cover Cheney with Kony 2012 posters.
Posters were put up around campus and Cheney, but not enough to show that the 375 people on the Facebook group helped put up posters.
Where did everybody go? Was it because it was a Friday night? Was it not advertised well enough? What happened?
Senior Courtney Esposo said that “Cover The Night” did not stay in the minds of viewers who saw the Invisible Children video “Kony 2012.”
“The people who just posted the video and said they were going to cover the night just wanted to feel like they did something good,” Esposo said in an email.
“People saw that video and re-posted it, and then they forgot about it the next day; that’s not ‘raising awareness.’”
When “Kony 2012” was released on YouTube by Invisible Children on March 5, it garnered the attention of millions of supporters and protesters, who were focused on the chaos of child abductions and the reign of terror that the Lord’s
Resistance Army was making in Uganda.
According to junior Jathan Greathouse, “Kony 2012” was like a vendetta in that seeing the head of Joseph Kony on posters and in the video made him the bad guy.
The time gap of a month and a half between the release of “Kony 2012” made everyone forget Kony’s face and purpose of “Cover The Night.”
The question now is will there continue to be support for Kony 2012 at Eastern, or will it be considered yesterday’s news?