Joseph Kony 2012: Charity or Scam?

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Although this post does not have anything to do with health or fitness, I thought I’d just blog about it since Joseph Kony 2012 is trending.

Joseph Kony 2012

For those who live under a mushroom and is thinking “What the f*ck is Joseph Kony 2012??”, watch this video, which has been hugely viral over the net and Facebook for the last week and it’ll explain everything.

And if you don’t have half an hour to spare, here, watch this summary video.

(Oww crap, the video was removed. Never mind. Just Google it.)

Got the drift already? Alright, let’s get down to business then. My first thoughts after watching the video was, “What does this have to do with the rest of us?”. Yes, I’m against evil acts against humanity. However, this video has probably reached tens of millions of people by now, but so what? Are we all gonna arm ourselves and hunt down that bastard? Maybe some of us would if the message was “$1 million to the person who captures Joseph Kony“.

Joseph Kony

With such a rapidly viral campaign, there are definitely loads of debate over its effectiveness, accuracy, finances and credibility (especially since the organization’s finances have shown spending of millions over frivolous cost centers). However, I shall leave it to you to Google the technical debates, which are popping up on various blogs and news sites.

What I will blog about now is my view on the matter as an NUS Business School student – the economics and opportunity cost of this campaign, along with a lil of my personal thoughts and philosophy.

KONY 2012

Firstly, I think that this campaign is a huge inefficient use of resources. Imagine a company’s marketing campaign to a huge, un-targeted market (like selling bodybuilding supplements to a typical Tom, Dick and Harry). As I said, 99.999% of us probably won’t take up guns and hunt Joseph Kony down. Aside from that, imagine how much time we have wasted watching the KONY 2012 video. As of now, there video has 42 million 46 million views on Youtube! That’s bloody 23 million man hours wasted!! I think if every one of us spent those hours studying/learning/practicing/training/working, by aggregate, we could make a bigger and better difference in this world!

Secondly, I think this campaign is giving everyone who is sharing it a false sense of warmth and pride of giving to charity. I’m sorry guys, but unless you’re an American, I highly doubt that Obama will a crap if you share the KONY 2012 video or not. And even if you are, there are already a huge group of youngsters physically campaigning for KONY 2012. Isn’t that enough to persuade the US government to not retract its troops (and funny enough, the video did not mention anything about the government INTENDING to pull back its troops. Hmm..)? And I think it’s fair to say that as of now, Joseph Kony’s inhumane acts are only contributing to a tiny part of Uganda’s suffering. Why are we just campaigning against him? Why not against corruption, corporate capitalism, etc? Even if Kony is caught, others will continue to do more evil and in aggregate, far worse than Kony.

Stop Kony 2012

This reminds me of a book I’ve once read. And this is real. A pastor once brought some American teens to an African country to help out at a soup kitchen. But rather than letting them feed the African kids and feel all good, warm and proud about it, he gave them another job. He made them refuse and turn down the children who came to the kitchen late when there’s no food left. Needless to say, the teens’ hearts broke and they were drowned in tears as they sent the African kids back home, hungry starving. It was then that those teens knew how little they were actually doing and how these kids are still immensely suffering. A number of them now devote themselves full-time to improve the lives of these malnourished children.

So, in conclusion, to the people who feel good about sharing the KONY 2012 video, I’m glad that you guys have good intentions. But if each of us do good in every part of lives instead of just once in a while, we can definitely make a much much bigger difference in this world! And if you agree with me, my brothers and sisters, please pass this message on by hitting the Facebook Like button below.

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10 comments on “Joseph Kony 2012: Charity or Scam?”

    • shayla
    • March 29, 2012
    Reply

    I have a question, Im an eighth grade student doing this big project about Kony, so, therefor I was hoping you can tell me where to fine Useful Information.

      • Elisa (@AverageAdvocate)
      • April 25, 2012
      Reply

      Hi! I’ll help you out, if I am not too late!

      Since March 8th, when KONY 2012 began with Invisible Children the U.S. Congress has introduced seven pieces of LRA legislation! That is because of people who are considering the world outside themselves (which, unlike the article above, I consider is a GREAT use of time).

      Please consider looking at these links:

      http://www.averageadvocate.com/2012/03/for-the-love-of-controversy-the-stop-kony-2012-campaign/

      http://www.averageadvocate.com/2012/04/action-cover-the-night-kony-2012-end-slavery-lra-human-trafficking/

    • Jessica
    • March 12, 2012
    Reply

    Hi. I read all of your your comments and I saw the video that started all of this commotion. You all have a point and I will not judge anybody, but, what I gathered from the video is that what they needed to do most is “make Kony famose” as they put it. So, my conclusion in order to best help raise awareness of Kony hurting kids (like me) in Uganda is, instead of buying per-made posters and bracelets i decided to make my own posters and bracelets and hand them out to everybody. Also, I decided to write a letter to the people the Invisible Children organization are going to target and tell just how much people care about serving Kony justice on a silver platter. When I first heard about Kony and saw the video I put my self in those kids shoes. I imagined what it must be like being a sex slave and shuddered. I wouldn’t wish that on any girl. Then I imagined murdering my own parents and my eyes watered. I wouldn’t wish that on any boy. That is why I’m doing my best to help the cause WITHOUT donating money. My name is Jessica and I live in America and I am doing my best to help this cause because I don’t want anybody to suffer.

    • Kelsey
    • March 12, 2012
    Reply

    I understand where you are coming from Mr. Kiat. Hunger and AIDS are a huge problems in Africa. It is a huge problem all over the world. Especially Africa. Also, poverty is increasing and orphanages are being filled everyday. I’ve seen it firsthand. But I also think that Kony is a problem, too. He is increasing these problems. By making these young girls sex slaves, he is spreading AIDS. By making them kill their parents, he is creating orphans. He is depriving them of their needs, which is creating poverty and hunger in these children he has captured and enslaved. He is also scarring people, physically and mentally. He is spreding all the evil that this earth possesses. I hate to shed light on this tragedy, but hunger, poverty, orphans, even AIDS(if they don’t find a cure), will always exsist. In my belief system, it is a result of sin. But Kony will not always exsist if he is stopped. I did not post this to start an argument with you, offend you, or make you upset in any way. I was just sharing my opinion, just as you did by sharing this.

    • debbie szala
    • March 11, 2012
    Reply

    I can see both sides to this, and both have valid points. But it is unfortunate that there are so many charities out there that have the right intentions but also have so much overhead that often very little money goes to the main cause or problem. Still, reminding people that we’re certainly not alone in this world and while we get so caught up in our own day-to-day lives of which often we take a lot of what we have for granted, just a small reminder from time-to-time does shed awareness on those less fortunate and who are suffering, especially when it comes to children. I’m all for stopping war lords or anyone who does harm to children, of preventing hunger and those without proper shelter. No one likes to see anyone suffer, but God knows we have an over abundance of it in our world, and it’s not just in Africa, it’s everywhere. And it’s also unfortunate that whenever you stop or take out one bad man, 10 follow in his footsteps. It’s a never ending battle, because evil and hate and greed do exist in this world and that’s a sad fact. I give to charities when I can and I try to research them so I know my money is going to a worthy cause, but when all is said and done, all I can hope for is that it will make a difference and go to some good use to help someone out there.

    • Lyndsay Simon
    • March 10, 2012
    Reply

    The fact that children in uganda are forced into either killing people or being sex slaves doesn’t disturb you? It is real. There is children suffering and we are trying to stop it. Who are you to say this? It isn’t true. Kony is very real and I’m sorry of you don’t like that but that’s what are world has come to. It doesn’t matter what the case if we even have to slightest feeling that abuse against children is happening we should drop everything and help them. Saying it is fake is a disgrace. It is not just for money. Do you actually thin the human race is that greedy? You realize things like this do happen sometimes. You need to just face it. This is real how about you get off your computer and help make the world a better place because you aren’t helping at all. Do you want children to die? No. No one does except the sick person who started this whole thing. Joseph kony. So decide. Do you want to fight against kony or join him? So far no one is on his side.

      • Wee Kiat
      • March 10, 2012
      Reply

      Hi Lyndsay,

      You have come with quite a number of points so let me reply to it systematically.

      The fact that children in uganda are forced into either killing people or being sex slaves doesn’t disturb you? It is real. There is children suffering and we are trying to stop it. Who are you to say this?

      Yes, of course it disturbs me. And no, you are NOT trying to stop it. You are trying to stop ONE man. Perhaps Google can help you find out how widespread AIDS is in the country, along with how rampant corruption is and most of all, the food problem. So you guys, even in millions, are not doing as much as you possible can with such numbers.

      It isn’t true. Kony is very real and I’m sorry of you don’t like that but that’s what are world has come to. It doesn’t matter what the case if we even have to slightest feeling that abuse against children is happening we should drop everything and help them. Saying it is fake is a disgrace.

      I didn’t say Kony is fake. Did you actually read the post? And drop everything and help them? Sure, I bet you dropped everything to click that “Like/Share” button. Again, if you wanna drop everything and help them, that’s a different things. That’s my message.

      It is not just for money. Do you actually think the human race is that greedy? You realize things like this do happen sometimes. You need to just face it.

      Do I think the human race is that greedy?? WTF?? Are you like, 10 years old or something?? I think you’ve forgotten that Joseph Kony is part of the human race too.

      This is real how about you get off your computer and help make the world a better place because you aren’t helping at all. Do you want children to die? No. No one does except the sick person who started this whole thing. Joseph kony. So decide. Do you want to fight against kony or join him? So far no one is on his side.

      Do I wanna join or fight against him? You’re kidding, right? He’s somewhere in Africa. I’m in Asia. I don’t know anything about living in the jungle. I don’t know anything handling guns. How about I try to do good in my own daily life to people around me? Are YOU gonna go hunt him down? Please, do explain how your actions will capture him.

        • Anonymous15
        • March 10, 2012
        Reply

        Dear Wee Kiat.

        I have to admit, that you have a point, but I’ve got some too.

        First of all, donating to a charity like this might as well hunt down 1 man, but this man happens to lead a whole army of child slaves. So will it help? Yes.

        Second of all, I am in Europe, and I would help. Helping doesn’t mean ”living in a jungle” or ”shooting him down” It’s just picking up the phone, and text to donate money, or go to the internet site.
        Of course, you are not going to know where your money is going, but it will probably help more than sit in your chair behind the computer saying that it’s true, but it’s impossible to help. So it’s a risk you’re gong to have to take.

        That’s all.

          • Wee Kiat
          • March 10, 2012
          Reply

          Dear Ericia (yup, you’re not anonymous),

          Thanks for your thought. Again, I love the facts that you guys have good intentions. I have nothing against that and I even encourage that. BUT intentions will only do so much unless it is translated into actions and most of all, into results. If you have donated some money to Invisible Children, kudos to you! You probably did more than most people.

          You have the intentions. Checked.

          You took action. Checked.

          But don’t you want to make sure the results are there?

          This is not so much as plain RISK. It’s an actionable matter. Just as you are increasing awareness of Joseph Kony, I am increasing awareness of the effectiveness and efficiency of this campaign, which, if you really care for the victims, you should care too instead of donating blindly.

          I hope this resolves all issues. Thanks for your constructive comment.

          Wee Kiat

            • Ericia
            • March 11, 2012

            First of all, i realised i wasn’t anonymous after i entered my e-mail, but i didn’t care to change it. And didn’t donate blindly, i didn’t donate at all. For the people who did, great for them, but whether the money will really go to the kids over there, is a guess. I probably won’t donate, but the message this guy gave in his video, was very clear, and that’s all i can agree on with him. I am not saying that he probably will help all of the kids by us donating money, but what we do know is that he will take action.
            And I completely agree with you, intentions will only do so much when translated into action. And that is what this guy has done. He has translated his intention into action. That is the main reason why he has so many supporters. I don’t think that he gets loads of donations, and to be honest with you, when he came to the part where ”we should donate money” i though BULLSHIT. It probably won’t help. But the reason that I would give something if I could, is because he has shown that his intentions have been translated into action.
            I care for the victims, therefore i don’t donate ”blindly”.
            This man shows up results, or he promises he will, which if he does is great, and probably will be the first charity that actually proofs that they did something, but if he will really achieve his goal, is unknown. With the help of the army etc.. probably yes, but we will know, because he shows us what he does.

            Sincerely,

            me.

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