This video is a little long, but the message is worth it. When I tweeted it last night, I think it had a few hundred-thousand views. This evening it has seven million. That's crazy, but it means it's working. Take a look if you haven't watched it yet.
Kony 2012Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | 05:30 PM | by
Kony 2012: An alternative viewWednesday, March 7, 2012 | 06:59 PM | by
While I think that the Kony 2012 initiative has its heart in the right place, it's always a good idea to get as complete a view of things when possible, especially when dealing with charities. Not all charities are created equal, after all.
In the interest of posting as much information on the subject as I can, here is an alternative view of the Invisible Children charity that you should read.
I agree that Kony needs to be stopped. I agree that there are a lot of issues just like this one that need our attention and awareness, and videos like the one posted above can be a compelling way to make that happen (even if they are somewhat exaggerated to achieve that effect). Look at all the information available, and then decide for yourselves the best way for you to help.
Kony 2012: And in responseThursday, March 8, 2012 | 04:31 AM | by
And the folks over at Invisible Children have posted a response to some of the concerns that have been raised over their charity. A very good read that addresses a lot of the issues. As I said, before you donate (to any charity), make sure you always collect as much data as possible so that you can make an informed decision.
Either way, I think that they've done a good job bringing an issue to light in a way that has definitely raised awareness. Even if there's nothing direct we can do about a situation, it never hurts to be more educated and informed about the world around us.