For some interesting commentary on this see: http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/ & Invisible Children’s response: http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html
I’m very much in favor of Joseph Kony being captured or killed. But I also think some of the criticisms in this article are valid. The situation in Uganda is complex and difficult, and I’m not sure watching a YouTube video or changing my Facebook status is going to change much. I hope my cynicism is unjustified.
I hope so too. There are certainly a lot of reasons for cynicism. But then cynicism is guaranteed to not accomplish anything.
Interesting story up on The Atlantic about it as well.
Ironically, i find this more “real”. Kony is really just a face for the greater message, and that is, we cant allow such crimes to take place. Which for me made the film hamfisted. But now ive read this, i see more than just a smug do-gooder: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/joseph-kony/9149918/Joseph-Kony-2012-filmmaker-Jason-Russell-arrested-on-suspicion-of-masturbating-in-public.html
This is clearly a man at the end of his line. Driven to his undoing by a will to help others. Sadly, i cant help but feel the films critics will use this to dent efforts to make a change.
Probably. but so far I’ve heard mostly sympathy for him.
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