KONY 2012 – By Invisible Children

KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

Interesting news – apparently a Tumblr that criticises the campaign is blocked on Facebook?

“Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture, as hard as that is to swallow. Giving your money and public support to Invisible Children so they can spend it on supporting ill-advised violent intervention and movie #12 isn’t helping. Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.”

Tim Minchin has claimed that “The central thesis of #Kony2012 is that social media can be exploited to place great crimes in a bright spotlight. Hard to criticise that.”

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • http://a-million-gods.blogspot.com/ Avicenna

    The problem is that we cannot intervene not without breaking some taboos…

    Any intervention will cause the death of children. Joseph Kony is famous for utilising child soldiers. And we are simply not capable of killing children on purpose.

    So the question remains… Are we willing to kill children today and justify it (quite sensibly) on that we are protecting the future of children? That for children to be safe, the child soldiers of the Lords Resitance Army must face actual combat against hardened troops?

    We cannot “deal with him”. The Lord’s Resistance army is part of the problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Darfur and Uganda that has cost much more than a million lives by it’s actions. Oh don’t worry! It’s just black people! So no one really cared. (#Sarcasm)

    Our ignorance about the Lord’s Resistance Army can be best summed up by the Bill O’Reilley rant about Obama sending troops the the DRCongo to kill christians. It’s a shocking piece of ignorance in a world where information as literally everywhere.

    They are a theocratic bandit army made up of child soldiers kept in line by indoctrination and brutality and slavery. If we are to fight them and arrest Kony we have to accept that the fact that when we do we are going to be hurting children.

    Arguing who is the worst out of the DRC, Janjaweed, Ugandan army, Sudanese army and Rwandan militias is a fair point. But saying we should just ignore it is madness. The only forces on the ground against the LRA are those. The Janjaweed and Sudanese armies aren’t really that much better after our experiences of Darfur. Leaving the Rwandan militia, Ugandan army and the DRC.

    The loss of Joseph Kony from the equation and his subsequent trial will strike a blow against such militias. But it is a problem with no easy solution.

    You cannot really have peace talks with a man who thinks he is a fucking prophet just like Moses. Moses had no peace talks, Moses raped and pillaged and looted and plundered. Just like Joseph Kony. We talk to the Taliban because we have no choice. We shouldn’t but we do. Bargaining with Joseph Kony is the same.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Further comments by Wil Weaton (I know, I know, but I check his blog occasionally):

      Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the region’s medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.
      Here are just a few of those charities. They all have a sparkling four-star rating from Charity Navigator, and, more importantly, no interest in airdropping American troops armed to the teeth into the middle of a multi-nation tribal war to help one madman catch another.
      The bottom line is, research your causes thoroughly. Don’t just forward a random video to a stranger because a mass murderer makes a five-year-old “sad.” Learn a little bit about the complexities of the region’s ongoing strife before advocating for direct military intervention.

      • PermanentStaycation

        For clarity, those aren’t Wil Wheaton’s words. He was quoting “Thedailywhat”.

      • Hibernia86

        I agree that we should learn more about the situation and make wise choices, but just sending medical supplies or building schools isn’t going to solve the problem. Some military somewhere will eventually need to take Kony out if this is all to end. The video may be simplistic, but so is every other political campaign commercial and e-mail. It seems unfair to only criticize the Invisible Children group.

  • Kylie Sturgess

    Even more recommended links: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/07/guest_post_joseph_kony_is_not_in_uganda_and_other_complicated_things

    “Unfortunately, it looks like meddlesome details like where Kony actually is aren’t important enough for Invisible Children to make sure its audience understands.”

  • Hibernia86

    I did a test post of the blog that you said couldn’t be posted on facebook (hiding it from everyone but myself) and it posted fine. Unless facebook is getting very specific in their bannings, I think that the banning scare might have just been a myth

  • Stewgreen

    - Yet again the truth is 180 degree different to face-value : It’s by a US stealth evangelical cult, on top of Kony having left Uganda 6 years ago & the Ugandan Army being the main problem in Uganda these days.
    - http://www.alternet.org/visions/154477/invisible_children_%22kony_2012%22_leader_suggests_it's_about_jesus_and_evangelizing?

    - It’s Ironic : Video about a Ugandan charismatic child manipulating brainwashing evangelical cult leader is used by a US charismatic child manipulating brainwashing evangelical cult leader to raise money for his US charity ….. aimed at establishing “a new world order in the US” YCNMIU !

    - 2012 It’s a rush to cut & paste world with no fact checking.
    (me I just waited ….then the item was unmasked on The 10 Oclock Show on Channel 4 last night.)

    • Hibernia86

      He was trying to connect to the students at Liberty University. That does not mean it is one big evangelical plot. It just means that he was reaching out to the students at that one university. It doesn’t change the hundreds of times that he has spoken to audiences in secular terms and it doesn’t change the fact that the actions of Invisible Children are secular.

  • Stewgreen

    - Have you read the article & watched that video at the college? In in he is explaining to the students how to evangelize, but in a secret way so that people don’t realise that you are evangelizing, Then you can watch the frankly creepy “1984-like” video about their campaign which I think is titled the “Fourth Estate” program .. that is cult behaviour.