Since you’re reading this, I can easily assume you use the internet. Which means you’ve no doubt seen the slew of posts about Joseph Kony surfacing over the past few days. The posts are part of a new campaign spearheaded by Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization that has been working with child soldiers in Northern Uganda since 2004. Over the past few years, after working with some smart organizations that empower locals to change their own communities, I’ve become more and more skeptical of the work they are doing, and I’m happy to see other critical voices surfacing with this new campaign.
So, in an effort to inspire conversation about this now-viral campaign, I’m posting the #Kony2012 video, along with a 5 posts to offer some counter-perspective.
To be clear – like many of the posts mention – Kony has done terrible, evil things, and should certainly be stopped. I applaud Invisible Children for their ability to inspire so many to action against injustice. HOW he is stopped is where I (and many others) disagree.
Don’t take my word for it. Judge for yourselves. Watch the video below, then read the posts, then feel free to comment here.
- “We Got Trouble”
- “Taking Kony Down a Notch”
- “Let’s Talk About Kony”
- “Kony 2012: Why I Love the Idea, but Hate the Campaign”
- “Looking Deeper at Invisible Children’s Stop Kony Campaign“
* And this one – Just for fun: “The Definitive Kony2012 Drinking Game” (Equal parts hilarious / sad-but-true)
———————– UPDATE —————————-
I’m sure this will continue to happen as more people keep writing, but here’s a few more:
- “Joseph Kony and Crowdsourced Intervention”
- “You Don’t Have My Vote”
- “I like Jimmy Choos, and I Hate Cheap Beer. Otherwise Known as The Reasons Why #Kony2012 is Being Criticized.”
- “Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things)”
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