So last night I shared the Kony 2012 video, for those that haven't seen it, here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc
I gotta say, overall I liked the video and felt fairly convinced by it, enough to not be as lazy as to not push the share button. Even then, I couldn't avoid having issues with it, as well as with the entire campaign for that matter.
For starters, it's very manipulative, I felt the segments with the director's son, Jacob's testimony, and the endless camera angles soaring through crowds of people with the "Kony 2012" shirts were quite awkward, they really served no purpose besides trying to force people into getting involved with the campaign by means of their feelings and emotions, which isn't necessarily bad, but I felt there wasn't substance in terms of information or proper assesment on the situation in Uganda, I was asking who is the LRA ? Why are they hiding and fighting deep into so many countries ? What is Kony trying to accomplish ? Etcetera.
Afterwards, I did not feel ok with the whole "US military advisors" thing, it seems like the exact same thing one has seen happening whenever the US intervenes and fucks up worse than before, I kinda let it pass when I saw the video because it didn't seem like supporting a full-scale invasion or a tomahawk raid on a city filled with innocent people.
This video I found today of course, did not help my situation one bit:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7jzwn45--Y
So, you can all fairly see where I stand, what about you guys ? What do you think about this entire phenomenon ?
EDIT: The second youtube link now works.