Some contrasting thoughts on this "#Kony2012" business

Assuming you’ve been on the internet and have friends that are fond of facebook/twitter/youtube activism, you’ve probably heard something about the recent video from the group Invisible Children about Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, the remnants of a revolutionary group from the 80s.  I won’t post the video here, it’s easy enough to find.

Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, is the subject of a recent film by the group Invisible Children.  (source)

Despite the internet popularity of the movement here in the states (or perhaps because of it), it’s gotten some feedback from some who are possibly a bit closer to the situation.  I’m not going to criticize Invisible Children myself, as I’m too distant from the situation to really know what’s going on, but these might be important to think about, especially in considering the question “What can we do?”  The first article provides an answer to that question: learn. The others are available for more perspective on the issue.

Dangerous Ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012

Q&A: Does #Kony2012 do more harm than good?

In Pictures: Searching for Joseph Kony

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