Kony 2012

Media Bites: I Wikipedia, Therefore I Am (Better Than You)

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Everyone loves secrets. Everyone loves knowing something powerful or important that others don't. We cling to obscure knowledge and esoteric trivia for the idea that by knowing something concealed or contrarian you're a brave individualist unafraid to champion the challenging and subversive. There's only one problem: it's hard. So we create shortcuts.

Canada's Favourite YouTube Videos Of 2012

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Music

You probably won't be surprised by what the top YouTube video of 2012 was for Canadian viewers. It knocked Justin Bieber out of YouTube's coveted a...

When the Internet is Blocked, So Is Change in Iran

Mahsa Alimardani | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada
Mahsa Alimardani

In the highly turbulent world of the Middle East, social media has been playing an extremely significant role in raising awareness and inciting change. But in Iran, the internet is closed-off from the outside world, only giving its citizens government-issued propaganda. People like Saman Arbabi are trying to fight this, and we must help in any way we can.

Human Rights Museum Plans to Bring New Meaning to "Never Again"

Bernie Farber | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

After the Holocaust, we said "never again." After the Vietnam War, we said "never again." After Cambodia, we said "never again." But time and time again, we've gone back on our word. When will we, as a nation, and a people, stand up and say, "enough is enough?"

Sunday Roundup: Is This the Right Place for an Argument?

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 05.17.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

Since it's spring -- or at least, feeling spring-like -- I'm going to start today's roundup with the announcement of a new feature you'll see sprouting in our blog rail this coming week. It's called "Change My Mind": Two bloggers will debate a topical subject and readers will be able to vote on who won.

In other news, it was the week that started -- and ended -- with the Kony 2012 video. Unless you have been living under a rock (or, come to think of it, on the lam in an African jungle), you could not avoid being aware of the controversy surrounding the viral video made by Invisible Children.

Kony2012's Biggest Flaw is its Saving Grace

Reilly Yeo | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada
Reilly Yeo

You'd have to be living under a rock not to know about the huge problems with Kony2012. Invisible Children temporarily won the media war with a ruthlessly inaccurate, highly sentimental mediation of a war. Mercifully, though, in this social media environment, it takes less than a day to pierce that sentimentality with some perspective.

Kony Screenings Canceled In Uganda

CBC | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada

Plans to show Ugandans a widely watched YouTube video about Joseph Kony and the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army have...

The Children Kony Left Behind

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Achol was tall and attractive, and by the time we initially found her she had been raped and abused over 200 times. Now out of the army, she wanted to marry, but the region knew of her history and kept her at a distance.

Watching the Watchdog: Is Kony 2012 for Real -- or Brilliant Propaganda?

Tim Knight | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Along the way, we're constantly reminded of the film's blatant focus -- arrest the Kony monster, save the children. No subtlety here. Jason Russell's own cute four-year-old son Gavin co-stars with his father. The kid doesn't advance the story himself, he's simply a powerful device to pull at every heartstring in every viewer.

Child Soldiers Didn't Start -- and Won't End -- with Joseph Kony

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

If you were to ask General Romeo Dallaire what he thought of the KONY 2012 video, he would tell you that the scope of Joseph Kony's criminal actions wouldn't have been possible if the world had moved in such a way as to deconstruct the child weapon system before people like Kony could unleash his bloody havoc.

What Matters More than Bagging Kony

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Stopping Kony is no longer as important as properly dealing with his tragic legacy. The ultimate way we deal with Joseph Kony is by transforming the tortured souls he left behind. Capturing him won't do that. Making the world aware of him likely won't either. In the end, it's up to you.

Now We Know Kony -- Or Do We?

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.12.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Watching the Kony 2012 video leaves you with the wrong impression. We now know that Kony only has a few hundred troops at most, that most of the child soldiers are no longer with him, and that international forces are taking the lead in discovering Kony's whereabouts.

Remember When Stop KONY was About Stopping Kony?

Mara Sofferin | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada
Mara Sofferin

How is it that within 24 hours we turned Stop KONY 2012 -- a campaign that was supposed to be about LRA affected individuals in need -- into an embarrassingly narcissistic debate about our societal status quo? Kony 2012 involves us, but isn't about us.

Joseph Kony's Facebook Status: In Hiding

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 05.07.2012 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Invisible Children wants to make war criminal Joseph Kony a household name, and have his image plastered around the world in an attempt to raise awareness, bracelets and all. What bothers is the symbolism of this campaign. Are we really still stuck on this kind of ignorant advocacy?

WATCH: What Is Kony 2012?

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 03.07.2012 | Canada

Joseph Kony is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot about over the next few days due to a video titled Kony 2012, which tore up social media stre...