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    KONY 2012

    What is KONY 2012?
    Chris Paine
    March 08, 2012

    Inside the campaign that stopped the world
    • KONY 2012 - a documentary about Ugandan warlord
    • Film aims to create awareness and bring him to justice
    • Cashing in? Expert fears "giving money won't help"
    A viral video has just one aim - bringing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice


    KONY 2012: The campaign poster by Invisible Children which has been shared by thousands across social media.
    Picture: Twitter

    IF you've accessed Facebook, Twitter (#stopkony), Buzzfeed, Google or dial-up in the past 48 hours, you'll know about KONY.


    But what do you know about KONY?

    KONY 2012 is a half-hour documentary, backed by Invisible Children, that's tapping into the power of viral media to reach a global audience. It's based on Joseph Kony - a warlord in Uganda responsible for the enslavement of more than 30,000 children.

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    Over a period of nearly 30 years, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army has abducted children and forced the boys to kill their parents and turned the girls into sex slaves.

    Who is Kony? Read more below

    The aim of KONY 2012 is to make the man famous, "not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice".

    Film-maker Jason Russell says Kony is the "most wanted man in the world according to the ICC", and his documentary aims to put the name into every household's conversation.

    Since going live yesterday, tens of thousands of Australians have signed onto the cause and with millions of views worldwide, the video has certainly grabbed The Internet's collective attention.

    Is KONY cashing in?

    But not everyone has fallen in love with KONY 2012. Some are raising doubts as to whether social media is an appropriate forum for advocacy and fund-raising.

    Blogs, such as Visiblechildren.tumblr, implore people to research the facts before putting their names to the cause.

    "Do I have a better answer? No, I don't, but that doesn't mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it's something. Something isn't always better than nothing. Sometimes it's worse."

    African expert Dr Tanya Lyons says it sounds like KONY 2012 is "cashing in" on a problem that's been around for 20 years, and she warns that there is no simple solution.

    "I love Australian democracy and isn’t it wonderful that we have the choice to click on this link to make us feel better," the Flinders University senior lecturer told The Punch.

    "But they’re not heroes for clicking on a link. They're just lazy. And giving money won't help."


    Tory Shepherd calls bulls*** on Kony 2012

    It stinks of easy answers, of foreign do-goodery, of over-simplistic interference that gives us all a nice warm fuzzy glow.
    Tory Shepherd writes for thepunch.com.au

    Who are Invisible Children?

    Charity monitor Charity Navigator gives Invisible Children 2/4 stars for accountability and transparency, prompting concerns over how the not-for-profit organisation spends its money.Invisible Children reports that in an official account of the $13.7 million raised in the 2010/11 financial year, $8.8 million was allocated for expenses - including filming costs, transportation and production.

    Filmmaker Russell is one of the co-founders of Invisible Children - the organisation behind KONY 2012.


    KONY 2012 filmmakerJason Russell first met Jacob when he visited Uganda in 2003.

    Picture: Courtesy of Invisible Children

    The project began after he travelled to Uganda nearly a decade ago and befriended a local boy, Jacob, promising to bring an end to his suffering.

    In 2006, three years after Russell's trip to Uganda, he co-founded Invisible Children as a not-for-profit organisation tasked with "advocacy and inspiring America’s youth to 'do more than just watch'."

    Who is Joseph Kony?

    For 26 years, Kony has led the guerilla group known as the LRA, a group responsible for mass abductions, murder, rape, torture and slavery.

    He was indicted by 2005 by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and late last year the United States sent 100 military advisers to help find Kony and bring him to justice.


    Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord Resistance Movement, pictured in 2006.
    Picture: AFP

    Among the most horrific acts of the Kony regime is the abduction of tens of thousands of children.

    Russell's film estimates the number at around 30,000; It's reported elsewhere to be as many 66,000.

    Kony is known to have turn abducted boys into child soldiers, forcing them to murder their own parents, and the abducted girls into sex slaves.

    The film's objective - to make Kony famous and bring him to justice by the year's end - is shared by celebrities and politicians.

    "I'd like indicted war criminals to share the same celebrity as me," George Clooney is quoted as saying in the film.

    "That seems fair."

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    Uploaded by invisiblechildreninc on 5 Mar 2012

    KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

    HOW TO HELP:

    Visit: http://kony2012.com

    Donate to Invisible Children: https://stayclassy.org/checkout/set-donation?eid=14711

    For info on Invisible Children: http://invisiblechildren.com

    DIRECTOR: Jason Russell LEAD EDITOR: Kathryn Lang EDITORS: Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Jesse Eslinger LEAD ANIMATOR: Chad Clendinen ANIMATOR: Jesse Eslinger 3-D MODELING: Victor Soto VISUAL EFFECTS: Chris Hop WRITERS: Jason Russell, Jedidiah Jenkins, Kathryn Lang, Danica Russell, Ben Keesey, Azy Groth PRODUCERS: Kimmy Vandivort, Heather Longerbeam, Chad Clendinen, Noelle Jouglet ORIGINAL SCORES: Joel P. West SOUND MIX: Stephen Grubbs, Mark Friedgen, Smart Post Sound COLOR: Damian Pelphrey, Company 3 CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, Gavin Kelly, Chad Clendinen, Kevin Trout, Jay Salbert, Shannon Lynch PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Jaime Landsverk LEAD DESIGNER: Tyler Fordham DESIGNERS: Chadwick Gantes, Stephen Witmer

    MUSIC CREDIT:

    "02 Ghosts I"
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    Written by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
    Produced by Alan Moulder, Atticus Ross, and Trent Reznor
    Nine Inch Nails appear courtesy of The Null Corporation

    "Punching in a Dream"
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    Written by Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith, and Thom Powers
    Produced by Thom Powers
    The Naked and Famous appear courtesy of Somewhat Damaged and Universal Republic

    "Arrival of the Birds"
    Performed by The Cinematic Orchestra
    Written by The Cinematic Orchestra
    Produced by The Cinematic Orchestra
    The Cinematic Orchestra appears courtesy of Disney Records

    "Roll Away Your Stone"
    Performed by Mumford and Sons
    Written by Benjamin Lovett, Edward Dwane, Marcus Mumford, and Winston Marshall
    Produced by Markus Dravs
    Mumford and Sons appear courtesy of Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

    "On (Instrumental)"
    Performed by Bloc Party
    Written by Bloc Party
    Produced by Jacknife Lee
    Bloc Party appears courtesy of Vice Records

    "A Dream within a Dream"
    Performed by The Glitch Mob
    The Glitch Mob appears courtesy of Glass Air

    "I Can't Stop"
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    Nice work Mid,, its all over Aussie TV and these Ugandan scum need to bee off'ed quick smart.

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    I read today that this charity were given a 2 star (out of 5?) rating for financial transparency and that they can only account for 8 of the 13 million they raised last year.

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    yep , do nothing and let the children continue to suffer ......................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    yep , do nothing and let the children continue to suffer ......................
    Fair enough rebuttal but on the other hand people refuse to donate because so many of these charities are corrupt to the bone.

    What ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    yep , do nothing and let the children continue to suffer ......................
    lol

    wind your neck in you beaut.

    Of course you could give to them based on some media hype (which you obviously are advocating), or do some research and give to a charity that helps orphans in Africa and can account for every penny they spend as opposed to the 32% that these clowns can.

    They spent more on travel and documentary making than they did on the ground. The LRA are not even in Uganda anymore and their army is closer to 3000 in size than 30,000 or 60,000. But hey if you want to be hoodwinked into throwing money at shisters then that's up to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    do some research
    links are above

    wind your own neck in and practice what you preach

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post

    yep , do nothing and let the children continue to suffer ......................
    Fair enough rebuttal but on the other hand people refuse to donate because so many of these charities are corrupt to the bone.

    What ever.

    Yeah see this is always the argument when people have any criticism of a charitable group. They aren't above reproach, and if they can't show that they put the majority of their money into work on the ground then my dosh is staying in my pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner
    do some research
    links are above

    wind your own neck in and practice what you preach
    I've been reading about this for a few days, there's two sides to every coin you were only reporting one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner

    there's two sides to every coin you were only reporting one.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mid

    Tory Shepherd calls bulls*** on Kony 2012

    It stinks of easy answers, of foreign do-goodery, of over-simplistic interference that gives us all a nice warm fuzzy glow.

    Tory Shepherd writes for thepunch.com.au
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    apologies^

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    accepted ,

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    All the big charities are a fucking rip off. If you want your money spent on a project, go there and spend it yourself, you can have a nice holiday while you're doing it and go home feeling (a) good about yourself and (b) that you're not paying for nice offices in Switzerland, Mercs for the charity bosses and the rest of the trimmings they skim off the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    yep , do nothing and let the children continue to suffer ......................
    Why I am Super Skeptical Over ďKony 2012Ē Even Though the Internet Thinks Itís Pretty Awesome


    Wars are an incredibly complicated thing, particularly wars that involve many regions over multiple years and use child soldiers. But thatís a ďduh statement.Ē Joseph Kony is a horrible, despicable man, a man that recruits child soldiers to fight in his army. But my problem with ďKony 2012Ē is that it takes an incredibly complex issue and simplifies for the sake of reaching Western audiences. ďKony 2012Ē plays more as an infomercial about the Invisible Children organizations and its members, and less of a documentary on child soldiers. To simplify one of the most complicated and historical conflicts about African politics into nothing more than a slogan is definitely the Western way to generate buzz and awareness. While this issue needs more press coverage, it needs intelligent coverage and this documentary isnít that. Chris Blattman, a political scientist at Yale, succinctly vocalizes my inherent problem with Invisible Children and ďKony 2012Ē by saying this, ďÖThereís also something inherently misleading, naive, maybe even dangerous, about the idea of rescuing children or saving of AfricaÖIt hints uncomfortably of the White Manís Burden. Worse, sometimes it does more than hint. The savior attitude is pervasive in advocacy, and it inevitably shapes programming. Usually misconceived programmingÖĒ

    Because Invisible Children is a registered not for profit organization, that means itís finances are available to the public. Invisible Children put only 32% of funds towards direct services. The bulk of the money spent was on film production (I guess thatís why they posted the movie for free on Youtube), staff salaries, and travel and transportation. Additionally, they lack an external audit committee, which lead to Charity Navigator rating their accountability a 2 out of 4 stars. According to various internet rumblings, Invisible Children wonít cooperate with the Better Business Bureau, which is an organization that investigates the ethical nature of companies.





    The main thing that bothers me about Invisible Children, aside from itís dubious financial records is this excerpt form the Visible Children Tumblr:

    ďÖBoth the Ugandan army and Sudan Peopleís Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is better equipped than that of any of the other affected countriesĒ, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasnít been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defendingÖĒ





    Photo by Glenna Gordon, April 2008, Pictured above are the filmmakers with the Sudan Peopleís Liberation Army on the Congo-Sudan border during failed peace talks between the Ugandan Government and the LRA.



    Maybe I am a huge cynic, just maybe I am. Itís hard to not feel like a complete and total jerk for hating on a 30 minute documentary, one that is as long as most prime time American TV shows, one that has over 11 million views on Youtube, and that is trying to inspire Americans, particularly, teens to get involved. Itís hard to hate a documentary that is taking Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube by storm but also recognizes that social media is the best way to get oneís message across and is the perfect tool to connect people quickly and globally. I donít actually hate it, but I find myself wishing it was better. Maybe itís the horrible, hipster art student in me, wishing that something that inspires millions of people was just made better, was less self centered and cavalier, or maybe I want exactly what the filmmakers want. I am a grown up activist who wants a little bit more peace in the world. I just donít want it slickly sold to me by people who spend more time talking about themselves than the real issues at hand. However, amongst the shots of white adolescent faces running with cans of spray paint, wearing red activist bracelets (that you can buy through Invisible Children, fancy that), participating in protests, and wearing tee shirts, all slickly edited and cut while playing over some indiscriminate, optimistic indie music, itís hard not to wonder if the main point this documentary is to highlight the Western participants and filmmakers and less the Child Soldiers it says to be featuring. This isnít about me (the audience), itís about the them, the child soldiers who are forced to kill their families, who are mutilated, and who are raped. And when you make a film to be about the audience, one that is specifically designed to empower the audience, you lose a lot of the message at hand. I know little to nothing about Jacob, the child soldier, but I know a lot about my peers who are involved with Invisible Children. And now, I know how to purchase a kit that comes with stencils so I can make Kony 2012 activist graffiti all over America.

    Jason Russell made a compelling movie, you canít deny that there is a lack of awareness in America in general about international problems, particularly genocide in Africa, but a movie that highlights the filmmaker specifically and makes him the center of the movie when it would be more compelling to feature child soldiers actual stories? Thatís my problem. Itís one thing to talk about change and peace, itís another thing to actually volunteer with an organization that provides more than 32% of their yearly earnings to actually changing something, such as Doctors Without Borders, or Water.org. Maybe I am so fired up about this because my best friend is in Peacecorps in Kenya, and sheís doing something everyday to make the world a better place. Or maybe because simply posting a link to ďKony 2012Ē is the lazy Americanís way to be involved without actually being involved at all. Itís like posting about breast cancer awareness but not really doing anything to help with breast cancer.

    Perhaps, and this is where my cynicism ends, itís optimistic of me to hope that the goal of ďKony 2012Ē is to just raise awareness. After all, look at the multiple blogs and news outlets that have dedicated coverage, intelligent and multisided coverage, of Uganda and Joseph Kony. People are talking about this issue. Rihanna is even tweeting about. I donít doubt that the filmmakers are coming from a good place, a place of hope, and they have the desire to change the world, which is admirable. Maybe they can, 11 million views is a lot of hits and if Rush Limbaugh losings sponsors and the Komen fiasco has proved anything, itís that the Internet is a powerful medium to create awareness and change. But if the medium is the message, what does this video say? With a cool tee shirt and supporting a localized but almost as bad military entity with intervention everything can be fixed? The world isnít that simple and to sell an oversimplified idea just to generate Youtube hits (which also generates more money for the charity organization) is dangerous. Itís one thing to raise awareness for a cause, a truly great cause, but itís another thing to support a military group to invade and get rid of Kony that is accused of raping and looting. One could get into splitting hairs here, that thatís a lesser evil, but if the point of ďKony 2012Ē is to optimistically inform and demand change, particularly from Western First World Countries, then I want the best for Uganda. I donít want the lesser of two evils, I want what ďKony 2012Ē is selling me: a better world, and a better world without child soldiers and militaries that rape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner View Post
    I've been reading about this for a few days, there's two sides to every coin you were only reporting one.
    par for the course with mid.

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    This is all kinda wierd..

    I bet most of these people are pansies at heart and wouldnt support military action against scum like this. They probably didint support military action against saddam hussain either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alwarner View Post
    I've been reading about this for a few days, there's two sides to every coin you were only reporting one.
    par for the course with mid.

    To be fair to Mid he did actually post some of the other side, i missed it in my e-fury.

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    I signed their petition, but won't be buying anything from them.

    I can make my own posters for the upcoming worldwide coordinated event.

    What matters is that Kony is hunted down and captured or killed and his army disbanded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbuku View Post
    I signed their petition, but won't be buying anything from them.

    I can make my own posters for the upcoming worldwide coordinated event.

    What matters is that Kony is hunted down and captured or killed and his army disbanded.
    So you're saying that the end justifies the means?

    Arm opposing armies/groups even if they have child soldiers?

    Execute this man extra judicially?

    Ignore the fact that killing kony will mean the deaths of many more child bodyguards surrounding him?

    Ignore the fact that several previous efforts have resulted in blood reprisals ?

    Goodo.

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