Latest video clip from Invisible Children about Kony: http://documentary.net/kony-2012-part-ii-beyond-famous/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DocumentaryNet+%28documentary.net%29.
Many of you have seen links to the first video clip recently: http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/. It is a video made by a group of people whose intention is stated as raising international concern about the actions of Joseph Kony in Uganda.
This clip has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and has raised a wide number of responses from a varied group of people. BE VERY WARY!
With something like this you need to be aware of the intention of the creators, the reasons for the criticisms, and the differing views held by people in many communities including our own.
As a consumer of social media you need to question who has created something. You need to ask what their perspective is and if their claims can be supported by factual information. You need to weigh up different views and empower your response with knowledge and understanding.
Some alternate views have been publicised also, and some of these reflect badly on the group who made and posted the original kony2012 video. To equip yourself with gretaer understanding you should look at a range of sources including
- the Wikipedia entry for Joseph Kony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kony
- http://www.acholitimes.com/index.php/perspectives/opinion/15-open-letter-to-jason-russell-ceo-of-invisible-children-inc-on-kony2012 Written by a group of Ugandans who profess to be fully able to publish without fear or favour because they own their own company and are independent as a result.
- a view that many others consider balanced: https://theconversation.edu.au/in-defence-of-the-bandwagon-kony-2012-makers-should-check-their-facts-but-so-should-critics-5773
- another view (question who is the author? – PROSPECT is an international affairs organization at the University of California, San Diego.): http://prospectjournal.ucsd.edu/blog/index.php/the-invisible-children-kony-2012-campaign-is-reckless-and-dangerous%20/
- The Guardian, a British newspaper: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story?newsfeed=true
- And another view: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/africa/horn-of-africa/uganda.aspx
- Triple J’s Hack has a podcast at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s3450155.htm
- Further information, which talks about “Kony is not in Uganda” and other things, can be found at: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/07/guest_post_joseph_kony_is_not_in_uganda_and_other_complicated_things
SO IF YOU ARE TROUBLED BY WHAT IS IN THE VIDEO AND WANT TO DONATE CONSIDER: http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/ where the people from Invisible Children are quoted explaining how their money is spent.
And Kony is not their only project: http://invisible.tumblr.com/.
Want to know more? Brie Jacobson, our Canadian gapper, has spent time talking about Invisible children and Uganda in our Library. Chloe H and Indra M can share what she had to say, or you can speak directly to Brie.
Also, consider helping our African and Asian foster children for whom we hold casual clothes days. This is another worthy way of helping children in crisis living in developing countries.