…My heart’s in Accra » Unpacking Kony 2012


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Posted by Ethan on Mar 8th, 2012 in Africa | 91 comments Traduzido para o Português por Natália Mazotte e Bruno Serman This Monday, March 5th, the advocacy organization Invisible Children…
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december 2013 by snowef
As someone who believes that the ability to create and share media is an important form of power, the Invisible Children story presents a difficult paradox. If we want people to pay attention to the issues we care about, do we need to oversimplify them? And if we do, do our simplistic framings do more unintentional harm than intentional good? Or is the wave of pushback against this campaign from Invisible Children evidence that we’re learning to read and write complex narratives online, and that a college student with doubts about a campaign’s value and validity can find an audience? Will Invisible Children’s campaign continue unchanged, or will it engage with critics and design a more complex and nuanced response.

That’s a story worth watching.
EthanZ  Uganda  LRA  DigiActivism  from delicious
april 2012 by Kawthar
finally got around to reading 's very helpful summary & critique of Kony 2012
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march 2012 by eszter
If we need simple narratives so people can amplify and spread them, are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems? Or to propose only the simplest of solutions?
charity  africa  kony 
march 2012 by matthewmcvickar
What are the limits of attention-based advocacy? @ethanz unpacks #Kony2012 http://t.co/C9BHAFjO
– Michelle Thorne (thornet) http://twitter.com/thornet/status/179174544244875265
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march 2012 by dajbelshaw
Ethan Zuckerman unpacking
kony2012  from twitter
march 2012 by DJSoup
Here's a full and excellent summary of the KONY 2012 debacle. …My heart’s in Accra » Unpacking Kony 2012 March 12, 2012 at 12:59AM
march 2012 by sambeau
Goes beyond specifics of Kony 2102 and thinks about the implications of social media advocacy.
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march 2012 by jimb
Best analysis of the Kony2012 phenomenon out there.
socialmedia  analysis 
march 2012 by trib
“If we need simple narratives so people can spread them are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems?”
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march 2012 by migurski
“If we need simple narratives so people can spread them are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems?”
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march 2012 by moritz_stefaner
Really wonderful piece by @EthanZ about Kony 2012. Lots of great links in there as well:
africa  lra  Uganda  war  charity 
march 2012 by kmlawson
The Kony story resonates because it’s the story of an identifible individual doing bodily harm to children. It’s a story with a simple solution, and it plays into existing narratives about the ungovernability of Africa, the power of US military and the need to bring hidden conflict to light.

Here’s the problem – these simple narratives can cause damage [...]

The theory of change it advocates is unlikely to work, and it’s unclear if the goal of eliminating Kony should still be a top priority in stabilizing and rebuilding northern Uganda. By offering support to Museveni, the campaign may end up strengthening a leader with a terrible track record.

A more complex narrative of northern Uganda would look at the odd, codependent relationship between Museveni and Kony, Uganda’s systematic failure to protect the Acholi people of northern Uganda. It would look at the numerous community efforts, often led by women, to mediate conflicts and increase stability. It would focus on the efforts to rebuild the economy of northern Uganda, and would recognize the economic consequences of portraying northern Uganda as a war zone. It would feature projects like Women of Kireka, working to build economic independence for women displaced from their homes in Northern Uganda.

Such a narrative would be lots harder to share, much harder to get to “go viral”.

I’m starting to wonder if this is a fundamental limit to attention-based advocacy. If we need simple narratives so people can amplify and spread them, are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems? Or to propose only the simplest of solutions?
africa  activism  violence  children  women  complexity  storytelling  marketing  via:Taryn  unread*** 
march 2012 by robertogreco
The Kony story resonates because it’s the story of an identifible individual doing bodily harm to children. It’s a story with a simple solution, and it plays into existing narratives about the ungovernability of Africa, the power of US military and the need to bring hidden conflict to light.

Here’s the problem – these simple narratives can cause damage [...]

The theory of change it advocates is unlikely to work, and it’s unclear if the goal of eliminating Kony should still be a top priority in stabilizing and rebuilding northern Uganda. By offering support to Museveni, the campaign may end up strengthening a leader with a terrible track record.

A more complex narrative of northern Uganda would look at the odd, codependent relationship between Museveni and Kony, Uganda’s systematic failure to protect the Acholi people of northern Uganda. It would look at the numerous community efforts, often led by women, to mediate conflicts and increase stability. It would focus on the efforts to rebuild the economy of northern Uganda, and would recognize the economic consequences of portraying northern Uganda as a war zone. It would feature projects like Women of Kireka, working to build economic independence for women displaced from their homes in Northern Uganda.

Such a narrative would be lots harder to share, much harder to get to “go viral”.

I’m starting to wonder if this is a fundamental limit to attention-based advocacy. If we need simple narratives so people can amplify and spread them, are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems? Or to propose only the simplest of solutions?
africa  activism  violence  children  women  complexity  storytelling  marketing  Kony2012 
march 2012 by Taryn
Advocacy for wide public attention only works if oversimplified, hence limited to poor oversimplified solutions:
kony  from twitter
march 2012 by memorius
RT : The most intelligent takedown of the Kony 2012 fauxtivism meme, courtesy of
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march 2012 by williamnicholls
RT : The most intelligent takedown of the Kony 2012 fauxtivism meme, courtesy of
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march 2012 by nwhyte
The most intelligent takedown of the Kony 2012 fauxtivism meme, courtesy of
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march 2012 by marks
Unpacking Kony 2012
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march 2012 by jeffcarroll
Very interesting (long) read about -
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march 2012 by Olly
Aye. Slick piece of propaganda, with worrying tone & message once you dig deeper. Read this yet?
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march 2012 by newsmary
"If we need simple narratives so people can amplify and spread them, are we forced to engage only with the simplest of problems? Or to propose only the simplest of solutions?"
charity  complexity  uganda  social_media  from delicious
march 2012 by flashboy
Best in show #Kony analysis goes to @mjwilkerson: http://t.co/vPu72zCU @ethanz: http://t.co/dtloAMRK @tmsruge: http://t.co/ZVsjkLMF (2/2)
– Dayo Olopade (madayo) http://twitter.com/madayo/status/177950620974714880
Kony  via:packrati.us  from delicious
march 2012 by james3neal
Want to understand better? Read 's superb analysis.
Kony2012  from twitter_favs
march 2012 by andriak
RT @jilliancyork: A more thoughtful critique of #Kony2012 by @ethanz cc: @jonamorem
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march 2012 by levjoy
RT : Magisterial background & analysis of from Is there a "simplicity limit" to attention-based advocacy?
stopkony  from twitter
march 2012 by Be_Optimistic
Kony 2012 - brilliant advocacy or worrying oversimplification? powerfully argues the latter
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march 2012 by sinnamon
The brilliant unpacks , providing history & context:
stopkony  from twitter_favs
march 2012 by withoutayard
"Unpacking #Kony2012" - my first pass at Invisible Children and the danger of oversimplification in advocacy: http://t.co/Ef0PWont
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march 2012 by jesseatkinson
Unpacking Kony 2012
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march 2012 by harper
Unpacking Kony 2012
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march 2012 by cpdis