guardian.co.uk on tumblr
  1. Photo

    | 16 notes
    Kony 2012 campaign: Oprah and bracelets won’t solve problem

US military advisers have been helping the Ugandan army track the LRA since October, and Invisible Children wants to keep pressure on the US to maintain or improve that assistance. But as there has not been a whisper of possibly withdrawing this support, raising it as the reason for urgency seems slightly odd.
Beyond this quasi-straw man, the most immediately problematic part of Invisible Children’s video campaign is the simultaneous success and failure of Kony 2012 in raising awareness. Uganda and Kony are trending on Twitter but does awareness mean a basic understanding that goes beyond Kony’s name? Only briefly, and 15 minutes into the video does the narrator, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, mention that the LRA has left northern Uganda, and he doesn’t say when. So you could forgive the thousands of eager tweeters crying out for action to stop the non-existent violence in northern Uganda now. But can you forgive Invisible Children for glossing over this?

- Michael Wilkerson tackles the Kony 2012 campaign
Also:
• We interviewed Jacob Acaye, the child abductee featured in the video
• Q&A: Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army

    Kony 2012 campaign: Oprah and bracelets won’t solve problem

    US military advisers have been helping the Ugandan army track the LRA since October, and Invisible Children wants to keep pressure on the US to maintain or improve that assistance. But as there has not been a whisper of possibly withdrawing this support, raising it as the reason for urgency seems slightly odd.

    Beyond this quasi-straw man, the most immediately problematic part of Invisible Children’s video campaign is the simultaneous success and failure of Kony 2012 in raising awareness. Uganda and Kony are trending on Twitter but does awareness mean a basic understanding that goes beyond Kony’s name? Only briefly, and 15 minutes into the video does the narrator, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, mention that the LRA has left northern Uganda, and he doesn’t say when. So you could forgive the thousands of eager tweeters crying out for action to stop the non-existent violence in northern Uganda now. But can you forgive Invisible Children for glossing over this?

    - Michael Wilkerson tackles the Kony 2012 campaign

    Also:

    We interviewed Jacob Acaye, the child abductee featured in the video

    Q&A: Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army

    1. jillene-lane reblogged this from drtanner
    2. tinman-romancer reblogged this from guardiancomment
    3. stuffsuesays reblogged this from guardiancomment
    4. drtanner reblogged this from fuckyeahappo and added:
      This whole thing is starting to really irk me. Everyone is talking about it but hardly anyone seems to know what’s...
    5. teamanthro reblogged this from guardiancomment
    6. jamjarsofthoughts reblogged this from guardiancomment and added:
      I’m so glad I’m not the only skeptic on this planet. Thank you, Guardian.
    7. pearson--specter reblogged this from guardiancomment
    8. esmethenotsogreat reblogged this from guardiancomment
    9. fuckyeahappo reblogged this from guardiancomment
    10. guardiancomment posted this

About

We like opinions. Quotes, photos, cartoons, video and audio content (plus reblogs) from Comment is free, the Guardian op-eds desk. Curated by @guardianjessica, @bellamackie and @dawnhfoster. Get in touch: cif.editors@guardian.co.uk

People we follow

Stuff we like

Follow Guardian comment on Twitter