Big Think on Invisible Children

Big Think says:

What’s the Big Idea?

One criticism of the video is that it uses social media to advocate for armed conflict. Foreign Policy‘s Michael Wilkers says it is extremely dangerous to essentially sell a foreign intervention in a reductive and highly-produced video (apparently that sort of thing must be left to more sanctioned media). The biggest criticism of Invisible Children comes from a blog called Visible Children which accuses the non-profit of spending too much money on awareness efforts and not enough on the ground in Uganda. What do you think? Can the video have a multiplier effect on funding given the incredible success it has had?

I commented:

Michael Wilkers is towing the old coward’s line; “best not get involved, it could be dangerous.” Its a global community now and we are a part of it. Invisible Children is trying to get someone to bring Kony to justice to save the children. The ICC wants him and Invisible Children would like anyone to bring him in. It is the best effort I have seen to bring these Central African criminals into the world’s awareness and hopefully into court. We can look the other way or we can do something. A little bit of money every month from everyone will bring in some great bounty hunters. It’s that simple.

I love it, some tough bounty hunters should get together and create a Kickstarter-like  project (the Kickstarter Vig is too high for charity work). When they bring in Kony, all contributors to the project should get a finger painting from a Ugandan child.

It doesn’t have to be direct services or direct aid because we really don’t know who the good guys are. We do know though, that Kony is a bad guy. Building awareness is the key and someone will bring Kony down (most likely his own men).

It will raise my spirit tremendously if we save the children of Central Africa this year by bringing down the LRA!

3 comments

  1. John. I wonder how much of the criticism of this movie has something to do with the fact that the religious right in this country can’t wrap their brain around the fact that a Christian group called the Lord’s Resistance Army could be evil. Cognitive Dissonance and all.

    And you don’t have to dig too deep into the archives to find a transcript from the de-facto leader of the modern Tea Party/ GOP, Rush Limbaugh publicly defending Joseph Kony and denouncing Obama for supporting the Muslims whome the LRA was busy killing off.

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/10/14/obama_invades_uganda_targets_christians

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