I’m sure you have all heard about the KONY 2012 Campaign – if not, I suggest you come out from under that rock and read a newspaper, logon to Facebook or update your tweets because it’s EVERYWHERE and rightly so.
Today I received a post on my Facebook in reply to my support of the campaign. The article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald and gave a brief insight into the other side of the movement (ah, the skeptics, those guys HATE being left out!)
Having completed my undergraduate majors in International Politics, I swore that I would never again overtly engage in political discourse (perhaps it’s the same reason I can never wear royal blue again or watch Clueless without dissecting it like a year 12 English student… my high school uniform ruined that shade and destroyed Clueless…anyway).
The response I have provided for the SMH article posted on my wall is below. I would like to preface this with the fact that I realise there are two sides to every story, but until worse details regarding the underlining reasons for the skepticism come to light, this is my opinion and this is where my loyalty lies. Being female, being young and not having all the facts gives me the ability, the right, to change my mind – and I suppose that is the crux of this whole movement…the power of social media to debate and promote discussion, allowing the positions to swing and votes to sway. Given that, I consider myself an open minded individual and my ears are prepared for the deliberations of those on both sides of the fence – bring it on!
I suggest readers check out the ‘Invisible Children’ video on Joseph Kony and also have a read of the article that I am referring to (see links below).
Here is my 2 cents…
In my opinion this article (by the SMH) does not provide anything worthy enough to substantiate claims that this campaign is harmful or holds motives that are untoward. It does highlight concerns for what this movement may or may not achieve, but I don’t feel they are concrete enough to cause great concerned.
“Later, I worked with a colleague to try and publish a story about what we saw as their questionable practices, but we couldn’t get a publication to bite.” This is probably because most publications would fear the immense public scrutiny that would come with the potential overshadowing the ‘greater cause’, with political B.S. Without military intervention, how else are they going to stop this horrific chapter in history?
It’s all fine and well to criticise the campaigns means, methods and motives but at the end of the day it’s important to look at the bigger picture – that is, putting an end to the raping, pillaging and murder – the unjust actions of Joseph Kony and the LRA.
This article (and the cynics interviewed) is an example of the typical behaviour and everything that is wrong with governments in general (generalisation warning). Everybody stands around and jabbers on about ‘doing something’, debating “the positives of this – the negatives of that” and time passes so quickly with nothing ever actually getting done, the issue only growing bigger and bigger. Have you done anything to try and stop this genocide? ‘Invisible Children’ are having a crack – so, who are we to censure that?
I’m not sure I agree with the notion that Invisible Children “…have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasising the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony…” Oh come on – let’s get serious here, this man is vile. Whether he has murdered and raped 10 or 10,000 is irrelevant. The problem is that he has done it, and has the power to continue doing so – at what rate, is immaterial.
I applaud this group for being ‘doers’ rather than ‘gunners’ – it takes bravery and courage to move forward and take a chance on something that no one else will bite the bullet for…
I would hate to see a bunch of gutless hypocrites ruin something that could potentially work – and if it doesn’t, what have we lost? “pushing Kony across borders and having weapons fall into the wrong hands in Africa.”? Are they serious? What do they think is already happening? Kony does whatever he wants, weapons are in the hands of children brainwashed into kill their parents…I think the wrong hands have already seize violent means in Africa…don’t you?
As someone recently commented; “The central thesis of Kony 2012 is that social media can be exploited to place great crimes in a bright spotlight. Hard to criticise that.” AGREED! This is a great crime – the flimsy details that the scoffers are choosing to highlight are selfish acts of greedy spotlight thieves. Shut up…let this campaign run its course and if Joseph Kony is captured, how great! If not, honestly, what have we lost? The 2 seconds it took to ‘Retweet’ or the spare change that you would have bought that extra coffee with, that you didn’t really need.
Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video:
The Sydney Morning Herald article: