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big-eye101
06.03.2012, 15:10
Raising awareness!

If you have half an hour please watch it and share it:


http://vimeo.com/37119711

www.kony2012.com

FINArsi
06.03.2012, 20:09
Its hard to think that there are still people who have power like that and are totally evil.
And goverments dont give a s**t if there is nothing to gain from the situtation. Sure they will act if their oil supplies or other things are in danger but little children arent so important.
It feels like you cant do anything and you cant alone. But as this video shows todays media is a powerful tool and you can reach millions of people easily.
Cant get to their website right now, maybe its down because of so many people trying to get there. But Ill check it later and will post this video and link of the webpage where I can think. Its free and it can make a difference.

Good post Big and lets make the world a better place if not for ourselves but for our children! <3

MrMojay
06.03.2012, 21:13
I could not watch the video as it stopped for me at the start probably from overload, so here it is on youtube.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc

There is a film coming out called "machine gun preacher" starring gerard butler which is a true story, it also shines a light on the LRA and it's use of kids as soldiers, gerard butler portrays a man called Sam Childers a drug dealing hard ass who found God and became a crusader for the kids in sudan, at the end of the movie during the credits it shows photos and some video of the man himself, in the video he says "if some crazy man came into your home and abducted your child, would you care how I got them back?" worth a watch.

Great to see social media and the internet being used like this, such powerful tools at our fingertips.

dawolf
07.03.2012, 20:03
I watched "Invisible Children" back when it came out, but did not know they pursued that topic for years.

This is a wonderfully made, powerful call to action movie and exceptionally well done "marketing for the cause" ... of raising awareness.

While we still should keep this in mind:
"Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture" - http://theeducatedfieldnegro.tumblr.com/post/18894846735/we-got-trouble

Remi
07.03.2012, 22:48
While we still should keep this in mind:
"Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture" - http://theeducatedfieldnegro.tumblr.com/post/18894846735/we-got-trouble

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/424211_10150586489230983_592015982_9553494_1575331 966_n.jpg


But it's a good initiative and a video that gives alot of inspiration to people, I think. I always have mixed feelings to stuff like this, in the end I don't think it is helping very much, other than publicity. Remember Uganda, Somalia and whole area of countries have been like that for +10 years or more.

Some disturbing stuff on reddit about the organization behind KONY, as always.
http://www.reddit.com/r/DAE/comments/qlqzd/am_i_the_only_one_who_is_suspicious_about/
http://www.reddit.com/r/KONY/comments/ql42c/stop_kony/c3yjmzn

Remi
08.03.2012, 11:56
Double-post, can't seem to edit my other post

Very informative article regarding this Kony guy:
http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/07/guest_post_joseph_kony_is_not_in_uganda_and_other_ complicated_things

"Don't let the media fool you."

MrMojay
08.03.2012, 12:11
The main reason for all this is to raise awareness, I think this guy should be working on problems closer to home, but this is what he is doing and it seems to be working, I have seen articles on websites and in the news and people are discussing it, I will not be singing up for some kit or buying some braclet because I think bringing it to the worlds attention and holding that attention for months on end will do more than some braclet or whatever.

It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds and what the conclusion will be at the end of december.

big-eye101
08.03.2012, 13:47
I am very much with Mojay here. It is more about awareness than anything else, at least I like to think so. They do spend a lot of money on stuff and that is always the problem a NGO faces I think. That they are closely examined where that money goes, which to a point is fair enough as it is considered a donation for charity and stuff. (Supporting Members here know that I have a policy of full transparency and lay out annual reports for them, which is somewhat related to this topic)

I am not gonna donate money to them or buy stuff from them, that's not why I posted it here. I think it is about raising awareness and pointing out issues. Yes apparently from what I read in the links Remi posted (thanks a lot for that btw :)) there are allways questions asked and things might not be as black and white as they first seem. But show me something that isn't like that. Once you reach a certain level of popularity, questions are asked and investigations start ... fair enough. But I think what they have accomplished is bringing an issue to the world and make people talk about it and discuss it.

Remi
08.03.2012, 14:40
So we sit and talk about this for the next past weeks - conversations will probably be something like this: "Oh man, have you seen how things are down there" - "Yeah, I know what you mean, looks terrible" - "Yeahhh"

I am a bit harsh, when it comes to stuff like this. This whole "share this video", "like this status", Facebookish-thing screams out loud that human beings are very narcisistc - you do this to make Yourself feel better.

I say this will last not more than one month, then it will dwell away. If something actually happens from this - and I mean really happens, then great! - I will give beers and cookies all around. :D

FINArsi
08.03.2012, 17:20
Im not gonna donate anything i never do because you cant ever really know where the money goes. If there would be a 100% proof that my money would go where it suppose to I could donate something.
I did post some links in some places. It wasnt to make me feel better about myself but because it took 5 minutes of my life and if it helps with something then good but if not well.....

Makes me think if I should do more to get some beer and cookies.
:)

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Remi
09.03.2012, 00:36
I'm a bit hooked on this KONY thing now, been reading alot of stuff about, and oh baby, alot of bad stuff!

Check this one out:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/blogpost/201203/Images/GlennaGordonInvisibleChildrenA.jpg

Interview with the photographer:

Q. What were the reactions of the SPLA members standing with them?

Gordon: The SPLA were into it, because they were bored too. People were having a lot of fun videotaping it, taking Polaroids and posing with all of these guys. Everyone was into it.

I think I felt a lot of discomfort, but I didnít say to stop it, which maybe I should have because if we were attacked by LRA then, the SPLA should have had guns in their hands.

Q. Invisible Children has received some criticism that their efforts and this photo seem ďcolonialist,??? or hint at the ďwhite manís burden.??? What do you say to that?

Gordon: I think all of those things are true. The photo plays into the myth that Invisible Children are very much actively trying to create. They even used the photo on their official response page. I donít think they think there is a problem with the idea that they are colonial. This photo is the epitome of it, like, we are even going to hold your guns for you.

Q. What did you think of the Kony 2012 video?

Gordon: I canít bring myself to watch the video. I found all of their previous efforts to be emotionally manipulative, and all the things I try as a journalist not to be. After the peace talks in 2008, they put out another video, and I saw the footage used in these videos blending archival footage with LRA and SPLA and videos of them goofing off. It was the most irresponsible act of image-making that Iíd seen in a long time. They conflated the SPLA with the LRA. The SPLA is a government army, holding weapons given by the government, and yet they did not create any division between them and LRA. Thatís terrible.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/invisible-children-founders-posing-with-guns-an-interview-with-the-photographer/2012/03/08/gIQASX68yR_blog.html

More bad stuff if you are bored:
http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/post/18954353409/not-alone

So probably no beer and cookies. :(

dawolf
09.03.2012, 23:15
I am also doing a lot of reading about IC and of course the situation in Uganda and the whole LRA business.
So my point stands ... they did an excellent job raising awareness. Else I would not read up on all this stuff (and of course things that do not pan out so well on ICs part), talk to my friends about it and educating myself on central african matters.
Sure they present it plain and simple (simplified), also they don't have good answers to a lot of issues. However, we are here talking about it :)