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Joseph Kony and the Other Africa

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media
Paul Stoller

So Africa is not a country and Africans don't speak "African." What about the most pernicious stereotype -- that in the face of ongoing civil war and unending famine, "Africans" are powerless and need our help?

Hope Is a Four Letter Word

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Hope always seems to be dashed when it hits reality. And so it has happened here with Kony 2012 (and with Obama). But the scope of this hope seems far different from in the past.

Why 'Kony 2012' Doesn't Do Enough To Create Effective Social Change

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

The Kony 2012 campaign does not do enough to deliver effective social change. How could it? The film depends on a simplistic story line, which ...

Bill Maher Rails Against Kony 2012

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 03.17.2012 | Comedy

Bill Maher took on Kony 2012, the viral campaign against Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony that has sparked as much controversy as it has praise. "If you...

WATCH: Co-Founder Of Invisible Children, 'Kony 2012' Creator, Has Alleged Naked Meltdown

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.16.2012 | Impact

(WARNING: the above video is graphic and not suitable for children.) After Jason Russell, co-founder of the advocacy charity Invisible Children, wa...

Kony 2012 Creator Reportedly Detained For Public Masturbation, Vandalizing Cars

Posted 03.19.2012 | World

Jason Russell, the co-founder of Invisible Children, the advocacy group behind the "Kony 2012" viral video, was detained and taken by police to a medi...

Soulja Boy Wants To Stop Kony, War Criminal Wanted For Use Of Soldier Boys

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 05.16.2012 | Black Voices

Stop Kony? Perhaps someone should stop Soulja Boy. The 21-year-old rapper, best known for his songs "Crank That" and "Booty Meat," released a song ...

Kony Baloney: Why Invisible Children's Critics Are Wrong

Chris Manthey | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Chris Manthey

I assume people have already tried stopping Kony with a boilerplate approach. But since he's still out there 26 years later, we know that didn't work.

Nicholas Kristof: Kony Should Be Vilified, Not Invisible Children

The New York Times | Posted 03.15.2012 | Impact

I’d like to thank the makers of the “Kony 2012” video for goading me to write about Joseph Kony. With about 100 million views, it is now one of ...

Real Life Lessons From Real Life DoGooders: If You See Injustice, Don't Ignore It

Marc Ozburn | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Marc Ozburn

If you see a problem in the world or even in your personal life, it is important to address it head on. Too often, people choose to look the other way to live in denial about a problem with the hope it will magically disappear.

The Real Story About Kony 2012

Sheldon Himelfarb | Posted 05.15.2012 | World
Sheldon Himelfarb

Rather than disparage Kony 2012 and its makers, as if we'd like the video to disappear as breathtakingly fast as it appeared, I hope teachers in classrooms and families at dinner tables will take this opportunity to discuss these issues about which most of us are woefully ignorant.

The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012

danah boyd | Posted 05.14.2012 | Media
danah boyd

I can't help but wonder... with the rise of attention philanthropy, are we going to see a new type of attention colonialism?

Kony 2012: Anatomy of a Social Media Sensation

Patricia Vanderbilt | Posted 05.14.2012 | College
Patricia Vanderbilt

Watching Kony 2012, I feel manipulated. I don't want to be coddled like a toddler or seduced by filmmaking strategies that appeal to my age demographic. I want to be challenged to understand the world differently.

Kony 2012: A New Proposal For Aiding Africa

Karthik Palaniappan | Posted 05.14.2012 | Teen
Karthik Palaniappan

The fact of the matter is that the Kony 2012 video is misleading. This propaganda was meant to create a popular outcry -- which it did. However, not everybody knows, or has considered, the facts.

Influencer of the Week: The Kony Clip

Connie Dieken | Posted 05.14.2012 | Technology
Connie Dieken

It remains to be seen what will become of this spotlight. But the Kony 2012 movement shows that you can activate the next generation in social engagement -- in a purpose that's greater than themselves and silly cats.

"KONY 2012": Why It's Time to Put the 'Rescue' Story to Bed

Mallika Dutt | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Mallika Dutt

How do we make the crucial distinction between swooping in as saviors and standing in solidarity? We start by telling the truth.

To Kony or Not to Kony 2012? Now It's Your Problem

Misha Lyuve | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

Not everything will be aligned with your vision, but there is always an opportunity. Don't be just a critic -- offer alternatives. Don't be paralyzed by contradictory opinions -- find what works.

From Caring to Doing: The Responsibility of Experts for #StopKony

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 05.13.2012 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Right now there are potentially hundreds of millions of youth interested in Uganda and hungry for guidance. Experts must positively engage this expanding global dialogue and to teach the conversation upwards.

What Invisible Children's Kony 2012 Shares With Obama's 2008 Social Media Election Campaign -- and What it Does Not

Daniella Boston | Posted 05.13.2012 | World
Daniella Boston

If the aim, as Invisible Children purports, is ending armed conflict, then the "capture Kony" route is at best of limited effectiveness -- more likely still it is a myopic policy with a plethora of unintended consequences.

What's Wrong With the Kony Firestorm? Maybe Not What You Think

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

Invisible Children has been criticized for not spending enough money on programs. But Invisible Children is an advocacy organization. They spend money on media -- not direct aid -- because that's their strategy.

Storytelling

Hayden Bixby | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

The key concern for me was whether and how it was possible to tell what is essentially someone else's story in a way that provides meaningful advocacy.

WATCH: Invisible Children Responds To Critics In New Video

AP | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact

SAN DIEGO -- The chief executive of a group that produced a wildly popular video about African warlord Joseph Kony answered critics Monday, defending ...

#STOPKONY Creators Respond

Clare Richardson | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

Is the viral video campaign that rocketed Joseph Kony to international fame last week just some "slick, kind of fly-by-night, slacktivist thing"? "...

Kony 2012: Fake Advocacy?

The State Press | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
The State Press

As Americans, we feel some responsibility in solving this problem that doesn't occur within our borders. Are we feeling remorseful for the economic inequity that we solidified for Africa?

Why The "Kony 2012" Campaign Should Make Travelers Uncomfortable

Steve Bramucci | Posted 05.13.2012 | Travel
Steve Bramucci

The children of Northern Uganda deserve your concern, energy and money. Travelers know that context is everything.