Kony 2012

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

So this morning I found the KONY2012 video put out by Invisible Children. I was impressed, they definitely know how to draw people to action. Then a friend of mine directed me to a blog, visiblechildren.tumblr.com. Something in this article rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn’t tell at first if I was just still worked up from the video or if there were actually problems. So I took a break, went to work and then decided to dust off the old blog.

Here’s what I’ve come up with: The video, does exactly what the organization says it will do. It is making people aware of of these “invisible children” getting people to pay attention to a major human rights problem that in general has been ignored. The problems I have with the blog post’s response is they’re asking the wrong questions.

Rather than asking “why is this organization so focused on military action” or “why are they backing these awful groups” we should be asking “why are they spending any money whatsoever on these direct actions?” While maybe they stretch the truth to get a reaction, I don’t think that is inherently wrong. They get people to pay attention to these kids. There are groups in place to that are much better at the direct course of action and if you want to financially help donate to them.

I think the KONY 2012 campaign is a great idea. While the visible children blog might have convinced me to not financially support TRI or IC I’ll still support their campaign.

I believe in the spread of information and that people sometimes need to get a little angry to make positive changes in the world.

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