KONY 2012 Exposed: Dr. Webster Tarpley Reports 3/3. KONY 2012 Exposed: Dr. Webster Tarpley Reports 2/3. KONY 2012 Exposed: Dr. Webster Tarpley Reports 1/3. The White Savior Industrial Complex - Teju Cole - International. Teju Cole (tejucole) KONY 2012. Why Kony 2012 Went Viral. The Kony 2012 video by the U.S. non-profit Invisible Children is now the most viral video of all time. The video relies upon a very simple narrative and two opposing forces: The white American male hero wants to defeat the bad guy, Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony, and make the future better for children, especially his own. The video is narrated entirely by the Invisible Children Co-Founder Jason Russell.
Kony 2012 has succeeded in part because it echoes and amplifies a classic narrative that America buys into and loves: The white male savior, swooping into Africa to save "those poor people," and coming out as the hero, the masculine father figure whose blonde-haired, blue-eyed five-year-old boy will one day do for the world what his dad tried to do. As such, the video hardly gives a voice to the people it is trying to "save," instead painting them as helpless one-dimensional victims exploited for the purposes of cajoling a Western audience out of its Internet-amplified apathy.
Wait, what? KONY 2012: What are the main complaints against the Invisible Children KONY 2012 campaign. My response to KONY2012. Visible Children - KONY 2012 Criticism. Thoughts for young people from the author of Visible Children. Since this all started two weeks ago, I’ve occasionally been criticized for the attention my blog has received on the basis that, as a university student, my opinion shouldn’t be as widely-read as it has been. I guess the logic is that because I’m a “young person”, my opinion is less valuable, or “misinformed and naive”, as Invisible Children’s PR firm eloquently described it. Actually, the best and most thought-provoking questions I’ve received came from “young people” in a series of discussions I had over Skype with students in Pennsylvania.
“What are you actually doing to help?” , they asked. “What changes would you have made to the movie?” The message Invisible Children is sending is that anybody can change the world, and it’s easy. Anybody can change the world, but it’s difficult. Doing what Invisible Children wants may have an impact, but real, thoughtful activism – actual world-changing – is difficult. . ~ Grant Oyston. Am I the only one who is suspicious about Invisible Children, the organisation behind Kony 2012? : DAE. Mariod505 comments on KONY 2012. Kony Debate. The Road to Hell Is Paved with Viral Videos - By David Rieff.
Click here to see photos of the evolution of the LRA. When and how so many Americans, young people in particular, were convinced, or convinced themselves, that awareness offers the key to righting wrongs wherever in the world they may be is hard to pinpoint. But whatever else it does and fails to do, Kony 2012, the 30-minute video produced by a previously obscure California- and Uganda-based charity called Invisible Children that seeks to "make Joseph Kony famous in 2012" so that this homicidal bandit leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa will be hunted down and turned over to the International Criminal Court, illustrates just how deeply engrained in American culture this assumption has now become.
As a film, as history, and as policy analysis, there is little to be said for Kony 2012 except that its star and narrator, Jason Russell, the head of Invisible Children, and his colleagues seem to have their hearts in the right place. Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Trend Lines | Stop LRA's Kony, But How? Kony 2012 video goes viral, and so do concerns about its producers | World news.
A video calling to bring a notorious Ugandan warlord to justice has gone massively viral online, but serious concerns have also been raised about the group responsible for posting it. The so-called Kony2012 initiative, launched by the non-profit group Invisible Children, demands the removal of Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Rao Kony. As head of the Lord's Resistance Army, engaged in a complex and continuing conflict, Kony has terrorised villagers in at least four central African countries for nearly two decades.
He stands accused of overseeing the systematic kidnapping of countless African children; brainwashing the boys into fighting for him, turning the girls into sex slaves and killing those who don't comply. His forces are believed to have slaughtered tens of thousands of people and are known for hacking the lips off their victims. The US designated the LRA a terrorist group after September 11, and in 2008 began actively supporting the Ugandan military. Jeremy Konyndyk: Kony 2012 -- Why the Backlash Matters. A number of pundits have rushed to cast the firestorm around the Kony 2012 video as pointless squabbling, with Nick Kristof the latest to chime in.
After all, they argue, how could anyone question an effort to raise awareness about the damage done by the warlord Joseph Kony and his militia, the Lord's Resistance Army? This controversy should not be so casually dismissed. Criticism of the video reflects an important debate over how humanitarian advocates should responsibly and sensitively balance the priorities of accuracy and mass appeal -- and how that balance can affect the lives of those that advocates seek to help.
The fact that the most viral video in history is about a central African human rights issue, rather than a music debut or a laughing baby, is impressive. But advocacy messages that happen to resonate with the public do not lead inevitably to the right solutions. The stakes are high because policy mis-steps can have severe human costs.