Kony 2012 Controversies
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Creating a more informed public on the issues surrounding Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 campaign.
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Can MOVE:DC Revive the Kony 2012 Movement?

Can MOVE:DC Revive the Kony 2012 Movement? | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it
Is there something still there in the Invisible Children movement? Or is the Kony 2012 movement so narrowly focused that the mainstream press has deemed it yesterday’s news?

 

"We see Kony as kind of a preface to something much larger." - Jason Russell

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Revenues for Invisible Children nearly double

Revenues for Invisible Children nearly double | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

November 21: "Kony 2012" received nearly 130 million online hits and that triggered a great majority of the donations.

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Jason Russell's Naked Meltdown

Perhaps not a question of ethics, but this scandal that broke out shortly after the video release certainly detracted some support and reliability from Russell and IC.

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‘KONY’ CHARITY REAPS RICHES

‘KONY’ CHARITY REAPS RICHES | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it
The “Kony 2012” video from Invisible Children that became a worldwide sensation in March helped bring the San Diego charity $26.5 million, according to its latest federal tax filing.
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Activism Starts With Listening - Room for Debate

Activism Starts With Listening - Room for Debate | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"If you download the Kony 2012 “zine,” you can see they’ve even photoshopped their supporters into an image of Barack Obama giving a speech — visually effective but ethically questionable. (Also questionable: the inclusion of Rush Limbaugh on the list of celebrities and policy makers whom Invisible Children would like to recruit as spokespeople. One wonders about their general awareness.)" - Mikki Halpin.

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The controversy over Kony 2012

The controversy over Kony 2012 | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

Journalist Michael Gerson stands behind IC's efforts and rebutes early criticisms.

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President Obama Talks About Joseph Kony

President Obama Talks About Joseph Kony | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"Last October, I asked President Obama about his decision to send Special Forces troops to help eliminate Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army."

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Guest post: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things) - By Michael Wilkerson

Guest post: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda (and other complicated things) - By Michael Wilkerson | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"Stopping Kony won't change any of these things, and if more hardware and money flow to Museveni's military, Invisible Children's campaign may even worsen some problems."

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Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012

Dangerous ignorance: The hysteria of Kony 2012 | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"The hunt for Joseph Kony is the perfect excuse for US militarisation of oil-rich Uganda [AP]"

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Twitter / VeraT: Whatever happened to that #kony2012 thing?

One of many tweets like this, 8 months after the KONY 2012 campaign originated.

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Twitter / AfricasaCountry: How Uganda's NTV (from regional ...

A positive view at the youth support.

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Invisible Children Spied For Ugandan Regime ---WikiLeaks

Invisible Children Spied For Ugandan Regime ---WikiLeaks | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it
Invisible Children duped a global audience by hiding the fact that it shared intelligence leading to arrests of regime opponents.
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Lessons learned from the KONY 2012 campaign

Lessons learned from the KONY 2012 campaign | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"...these tactics, familiar from the film industry, have the dangerous potential to become a form of emotional pornography."

 

Is this blogger encouraging other communicators to employ Invisible Children's unethical behavior?

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'Kony 2012' Is Not a Revolution - Room for Debate

'Kony 2012' Is Not a Revolution - Room for Debate | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it
Unlike Obama's election and the Arab Spring, this campaign is a top-down effort. By TMS Ruge.
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Invisible Children Q&A

Invisible Children Q&A | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

IC responds to the questions raised from Kony 2012

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Kony Commercialized

Kony Commercialized | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"As far as I can tell from flicking through the sellers, this is not related to the Invisible Children campaign, but seems to be some sort of industry springing up around it. There's no indication that the profits will go to charity."

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Kony 2012: what's the real story?

Kony 2012: what's the real story? | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

"Six or 10 years ago, this would have been a really effective campaign strategy to get international campaigning. But today, years after Kony has moved away from Uganda, I think campaigning that appeals to these emotions … I'm not sure that's effective for now. The circumstances in the north have changed." - Arthur Larok, Action Aid's director in Uganda and former director of programmes at Uganda National NGO Forum

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Award-winning Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire responds to KONY2012.

"This video seems to say that the power lies in America and it does not lie with my government."

 

"This is the same narrative we have seen about Africa for centuries."

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Some resources on the Invisible Children controversy

Blogger Rachel Held Evans curates a collection of helpful resources for readers to make their own judgments on Kony 2012 and IC

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Invisible Children's Jason Russell on KONY 2012 | Enough Project

Invisible Children's Jason Russell on KONY 2012 | Enough Project | Kony 2012 Controversies | Scoop.it

Interview with Jason Russell just before "Kony 2012" was released.

 

*Note the comment section; good example of the effect of the film's pathos on it's viewers.

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