Kony 2012

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

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.
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When the Internet is Blocked, So Is Change in Iran

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

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.

The Children Kony Left Behind

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.

Kony2012's Biggest Flaw is its Saving Grace

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.

What Matters More than Bagging Kony

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.
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Now We Know Kony -- Or Do We?

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.

Joseph Kony's Facebook Status: In Hiding

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?