If you are partial to a good radio show, or just good music you should listen to Fancy New Bands this week on Bfm (95.0fm) at 11.20am (NZ time) tomorrow cause there’ll be a pod of Mammals making music. If you don’t have a radio you can listen online here, and if you like what you hear you could also like their facebook page.
Just so everyone knows, I am in support of raising awareness of Joseph Kony, I am in support of getting everyone involved, and I agree the he needs to be caught. I also think that Invisible Children are doing more than anyone else has, I don’t necessarily agree with everything they are doing money-wise and they could have put more facts, more about where the donations are exactly going into the video, but they idea of using social media is very efficient. The reason I am posting opposing articles is to try and urge people not to take things at face value and do a little more research into it before you just jump on the bandwagon (which is exactly what I did so I’m a big fat hypocrite).
For those asking what you can do to help, please link to visiblechildren.tumblr.com wherever you see KONY 2012 posts.
UPDATE: Facebook has blocked this blog. Complain here and post on Facebook about visiblechildren.tumblr[dot]com instead. And tweet a link to this page to famous people on…
I can’t pretend I didn’t jump straight on the band wagon, perhaps not quite as fervently as a lot of people but after reading this, I’ve got a lot to think about. And I’ll have to withdraw my endorsements for now. I’m not saying it’s wrong, but it’s certainly not delivering the package it promises. Read this before you get Kony 2012 fever.
While I was touched by the video, after reading this I am unsure how I feel about donating money to the movement. I support the capture of Joseph Kony, I am just unsure how I feel about Invisible Children.
There are a few posts going around complaining about how Invisible Children is a Christian organization with Christian agendas and highly paid employees. I just want to say that 1.4 million dollars as payment for all employees in the largest and most successful organization against this crisis in Uganda is not too high, and that there is absolutely no monetary value that can be placed on the lives of these children being abducted. I don’t care if once they are rescued someone takes them to Church, or gives them a Bible (not that they are doing this). All that matters to me is that they get the freedom from military and sexual slavery, medical care, psychological help, and nurturing they so desperately need. There are other organizations out there who you can also donate to, who have employees that are paid less, but they have less money and less influence to offer and I guarantee that most of them (like most charities in the world) will be tied to some self-righteous belief that they will be blessed by their God. So let it be, let them think that God is for them when they help people. What matters is that we get this fucker, yeah?
People don’t recognize the choreographer, the photographer, the filmmaker. All they praise is the talent; the dancer, the model, the actor. And what the people don’t realize is the importance of the creator - that the choreographer, the photographer, and the filmmaker all have the power of making their talent either look good or bad.