Kony 2012: comics did it better

Joseph Kony is an evil bastard.

And everything I learned about him I learned from comic books.

This might seem surprising, considering just how far Invisible Children’s “Kony 2012” viral video campaign penetrated pop culture.

This thing was everywhere. This is not an overstatement – to date, the video has garnered over 90 million views on youtube.

But as quickly as it rose to prominence, so did some rather harsh criticism. It’s summed up astutely by sociology and political science student Grant Oyston here.

Invisible Children was ragged on for a lot of things – the most egregious being that its video was too cut and dried, too black and white.

The fight between the Ugandan military and Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army isn’t a simple matter of good versus evil or right versus wrong.

There’s too much injustice and sadness spread out here for there to be a right “side” to root for.

Click here to read more at Comics and Gaming Magazine.


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