“The people of the world see each other, and can protect each other.” – Jason Russell.
Matt Warman of the Telegraph writes:
At that point, however, two issues arise: with more awareness comes more scrutiny: Invisible Children has been forced to respond to claims that it spends too much money making videos and not enough making strides towards its stated goals. To be fair to the group, they have been keen to respond in detail and in public.
But there’s a second, moral issue to such single issue campaigns: Britain’s anti-foxhunting legislation was important to the Government of the day, for instance, but Tony Blair cited the excessive time it took up in parliament as the single greatest regret of his premiership. And the resulting laws are now widely seen as fundamentally flawed.
Mike Pflanz from Nairobi added:
“Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist specialising in peace and conflict reporting, said: “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible”.
There were criticisms that the film quoted only three Ugandans, two of them politicians, and that it spent more time showing the filmmaker’s five-year-old son being told about Joseph Kony than explaining the root causes of the conflict.
Invisible Voices has faced criticism over its finances. Of more than £6 million it spent in 2001, less than £2.3 million was for activities helping people on the ground. The rest went on “awareness programmes and products”, management, media and others.”
The New York Times talked about how the Kony Video Went Viral:
“the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said President Obama extended congratulations to the people who mobilized to promote a viral Web video about the atrocities carried out by the Lord’s Resistance Army.
But the highly successful campaign has also generated a social media backlash and serious questions from scholars about whether Invisible Children oversimplified its message to get people engaged.”