KONY 2012 - A critical view
Posted on 6:38pm Wednesday 7th Mar 2012
There has been an incredible amount of online support for the KONY 2012 ‘movement’. If you haven’t seen the 30 minute viral video, I would strongly recommend it as it is moving and makes one think about how much we can help the world if we look outside of our materialistic Western culture. KONY 2012 is a movement which aims to make Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) famous in order to try and get him arrested to stop him from stealing children and forcing them to be child soldiers.
Kony has been terrorizing Uganda for years, and the moving KONY 2012 video captures a young child saying that he would rather die than stay alive, and it wasn’t a slip of the language as many Ugandans are fluent in English and the interviewer clarified the statement numerous times. It is a truly moving video and I fully agree that Joseph Kony needs to be stopped.
If there is one thing I have learnt in life it is that you can’t believe the media to be the truth, or most other things for that matter. This link essentially shows how the KONY 2012 organisation, Invisible Children, is not all it portrays itself to be. http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/ So whilst many people are jumping on the KONY 2012 bandwagon, as they do with so many other trends, I suggest you look at all the facts before supporting such an organisation. Although I am certainly supportive of stopping Joseph Kony, and the atrocities he is committing. I do, however, believe that this should be done anyway, without any huge international campaign in one specific circumstance, which really only occurred because the founder had a link to a boy who lived in Uganda. We should stop atrocities like this in all countries, and I completely agree with informing and educating people about them through the media.
But we can never trust the media, and that includes the link criticizing Invisible Children.
Educate yourselves, think for yourselves, criticize for yourselves.