I’ve been wondering whether or not to actually bother blogging about Joseph Kony because I’m not sure whether this ridiculous “Invisible Children” lark really deserves any more of my time, but I’m still annoyed so I’m going to rant some more.
Yesterday evening I came across the video and although my first thoughts were that it was just another cheesy American scheme to make more money than actually help people, admittedly I did shed a tear. I’d heard about Joseph Kony before, and already knew some things about what was going on. I’m not denying that the situation in Uganda is terrible and in no way do I think we shouldn’t help out, but this project is really getting on my nerves.
Late last night, this morning and throughout the day my Facebook newsfeed has been buzzing with the name “Kony” and how we should all please take time to watch the video and raise awareness of what is happening. Fair enough. However, it seems that most of the people who are posting this video don’t have a clue what is going on, they don’t care and are using it as an excuse to jump on the bandwagon; the newest “look at me, I’m such a martyr” craze to hit Facebook.
In my opinion exposing this man to thousands of teenagers isn’t going to have much of an affect other than tricking people into thinking they’re actually doing something worthwhile, because while America holds on to it’s 1st World status, with money and armed forces and weapons of mass destruction, they don’t actually seem to be doing an awful lot to help out countries less fortunate. Instead, they’ve built up all these amazing, money making, social networking websites and in order to prove how useful they are, hey I know! Why don’t we make a short film to be shared across these networks?! Wow, saving the world one youtube video at a time! Truly inspirational.
I wonder what the people of Uganda, if they are actually aware of all these people who suddenly care about them enough to watch a video, think about how all the major countries in the world who have the power to help them are going about it. If I lived in Uganda I’d be pretty pissed off to be honest. But, as the video explains, the American government won’t interfere in anything that’s not putting their national or financial security at risk. What a joke, considering their ever so helpful war against “terror” (and personally I think Joseph Kony sounds pretty terrifying, no?). But hey, I guess they have their reasons.
Then of course we read articles claiming that only around 31% of money raised by this charity actually goes to the people who need it, with the majority of the money funding the creation of the videos. Well I didn’t see that coming. This seems to be the case with a lot of so called “charities” these days. Incredibly, hardly any of the people I know preaching the importance of this video and the charity behind it have even researched the organisation or even the cause. Am I the only one who thinks this is ridiculous?
I half expected the video to end with a reminder to stay tuned for next weeks edition, soon everyone will own the DVD box set covering every country in the world with conflict like this. Stay tuned, kids! You too can change the world, just share this video and buy our merchandise…