I never thought about presenting a complex issue in person creates less controversy because there are usually less people involved. It made me think of how when people are discussing an issue in person, they also are probably more likely to give into “group think”, where they just tend to take on the perspectives of others in the group. Through social media, issues probably become more controversial, and therefore even more complex, because people don’t usually censor themselves as much and are willing to speak their mind when they are hiding behind a computer.
Up until my class in Social Media discussed Kony 2012, I never really thought too much about it; I had read that there was a bit of controversy about the video, but did not have a strong desire to learn more about what problems that people had with the video. Talking about the video in my class did spark some interesting conversation that I had never thought of before. For example, one person brought up that the video was made more for profit; it was unclear where actually all the donations go. The makers of the video could be getting rich off a lot of money quickly and the public wouldn’t even know it.
Obviously, this video has complex ideas and messages and was conveyed through various social medias on the internet. I think that complicated ideas can be shared on the internet (there have been many of them out there already) but people are going to disagree. It does not matter what medium is used to present the idea. I also think that it is possible that the maker of the video wanted its audience to think a certain way about a subject, so the video can be skewed.