If we can't learn from Kony 2012, we're in the wrong game


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2 thoughts on “If we can't learn from Kony 2012, we're in the wrong game

  1. Isn't it that this video and approach appeals and reinforces all the prejudices of the West about Africa? Africa, that "country" full or barbarians, underdevelopped people, led by ruthless dictator who killed "their own people" (one the most stupid platitude, always in the first paragraph of pseudo journalistic reports).

    And isn't it about children, neccessarily, poor, innocent, and abused? Deshumanised to the level of animals unable to think and act for themselves?

    So here we go, a bad black guy on a killing spree, taking avantage of the destitute and vulnerable..

    Another case of "White Mans Burden". We MUST do someting, no matter how late it is in the day and how relevant the reality is or whatever the people on the ground think, do and want, after all, aren't they all of the same race of barbarians?

    What else could compare to that? What could appeal to such a large audience? Try "Mandempig does the truffle shuffle (http://bit.ly/A4oqlO): 4 days on, 1,062,979 views.

    "Clicking as doing", slacktivism at its best.

    Despicable.

  2. I think one important question is whether the hordes of IC supporters are all that special? I wonder if, when speaking of supporters/donors, quality is more important that quantity.

    Has the IC campaign done much more than attracted a huge amount of "clicktavists"? What will they do other than click? Will they form a level-headed, rational point of view in regard to international concerns? Will they try to educate themselves about the issues via reliable sources? I say not so. From what I've seen — most have come and gone. A single 'like' or 'share' and then they're on to the next kitten video or whatever.

    What type of supporter does the average NGO want? One that cares? Or just a cash cow with a cheaply bought 30-minute attention span?

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