Many of you have probably seen or at least heard about the film Kony 2012 which has been trending on twitter and making the rounds on facebook. It seeks to motivate people to speak out against the Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony and bring him to justice for the atrocities and suffering he has imposed upon Ugandan people and children. The film has spread virally and seems to be especially directed at, and disseminated by 18-22 year olds. Intially at least, it appears to have achieved its objective to publicize Kony as a war criminal in the hopes that this publicity will bring him to justice and presumably end the suffering of those in Uganda. But there has also been a lot of criticism associated with the film. See this video and this article. Is it possible that this film does more harm than good? Does it represent a neo-colonial style of thinking? I am curious to know your thoughts.
Update: a poignant picture