Says this anonymous comment on YouTube . . .
. . . Don’t try to locate it, there’s myriads of comments now and when I first watched the video there’s been around . . .
And just to make one point clear: I, Andreas Wiedow, support the #stopkony, KONY 2012 and Invisible Children movement. This blog is for you to make a more informed decision and will be updated . Be that pro or contra. All is fine . . .
Yesterday I came across the name Joseph Kony for the first time and used my monthly BlackStar massmail on ecademy.com to inform my entire network there for this blog . . . KONY 2012 . . . which has since attracted plenty of informed and interesting comments. Comments that gave me even more drive to dig deeper.
If you come across this today for the first time you may make a decision based on your guts and after watching the LOOONG video only. You may make a decision based on 10, 100 or 1000+ aspects . . . up to you. I made a decision and got a gut feeling after just a couple of seconds watching this . . .
I know I am asking for much – 29:59 minutes watching – be sure you have the time in one go – you won’t regret it and know what to do after.
Trust me. Thank you.
So you want to know more ?
Let’s have a look at the most common counter arguments (most backed up with sources – if there’s some missing you’d be interested in, please ask in comments, thanks)
Cheat argument #1: Dubious Finances
Even if the initial screenshot/snippet sounds negative . . . it admits that around 30%+ go into the cause. And THAT alone gave me a good feeling. Because I know myriads of BIG charities where only 5 – 10% go into the main cause and the rest . . . ‚disappears‘.
So 30% is a GOOD share.
Nevertheless I did a little research . . .
CHARITY NAVIGATOR – Your Guide To Intelligent Giving – Invisible Children
So to light up a bit the confusion on my side . . . Charity Navigator states
Financial 4/4 stars
Accountability & Transparency 2/4 stars.
Statement to this from the filmmakers:
Cheat argument #2: Exaggeerated Claims
Mainly says that KONY is no longer in Uganda. That
is may be true. Yet . . . maybe you wish to learn about KONY 2011 activities in Congo ?
KONY in Congo 2011. Material by the guardian.co.uk (you need to click the link to watch)
KONY seems quick to change tactics and appears to make every move needed to get away. My personal opinion in this regard. Do it as I did it in Risk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risk_(game)) and gather arms around those you want to weed out. Later you may have a closer look at the other (pre-checked) arms in play. Makes sense ? Besides that it is already reported that those parts of the Ugandan Army who are supported by about 100 special US forces haven’t been reported ANY illegal behavior since. Also that could be a good start, don’t you think ?
Cheat argument #3: Support for military intervention
Latest update ABC News 9-Mar-2012: President Obama Talks About Joseph Kony Source
Cheat argument #4: Marketing tactics
Searching the net brought up this report from 2008 which shows that the movement is around for a while like a BIG ocean liner that has to change direction whilst cutting through the waves on the mission. And you know that you cannot simply make a U-turn with that like with your car or bike, do you ?
2008 Human Security Award for Invisible Children
Yes, they use celebrities to get the highest attention they can get. Yes, they use all that gets them highest coverage. Children, Sex (abuse). Hollywood-like and perfect cut videos.
Ask yourself . . . if you had the options, wouldn’t you use them too ?
Formerly to me completely unknown and apparently high reputable people . . . share it . . .
Invisible Children themselves published this Breakdown of Expenses to reply to their critiques.
Yes, there’s ALWAYS a chance for cheat. Yes, where millions of bucks are in there will be a cheat here and there.
BUT . . . can they all be wrong ?
Here’s a list of links which are mostly against the KONY 2012. Please have a look at the respective author’s professions (and what they also must say according to their educational level !). Also look at the dates said posts were published. And then think again . . . what triggered them. And then think again . . . is that a good or a bad thing ?
VISIBLE CHILDREN – KONY 2012, viewed critically http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/
the guardian – KONY 2012: what’s the real story ? http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-what-s-the-story
Think Twice Before Donating to Kony 2012, the Charitable Meme du Jour http://jezebel.com/5891269/think-twice-before-donating-to-kony-2012-the-meme-du-jour
Adam Branch, Makerere Institute of Social Research – What’s wrong with the Kony 2012 Campaign – CIHA BLOG
Help get Joseph Kony off the International Criminal Court list of the WORLD’S WORST CRIMINALS in The Hague.
Give him exposure as much as you can
What KONY 2012 – in my book – tried to achieve is: Sensitizing the world for more informed decisions. Now, after 1000+ more aspects, what is YOUR conclusion and WHY ?