Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kony 2012: Marginalizing Black Voices

Check the video link out:

Hey, did you hear that a kid in the US shot a whole bunch of his schoolmates for absolutely no reason whatsoever - again?  Columbine was supposed to end school violence, but hey, no one made bracelets or posted a 30 minute YouTube video (sorry Michael Moore).  Or yesterday was International Women's Day?  Or the trial of the kidnapping and murder of 8 year old Tori Stafford is going on right now?

I thought social media was supposed to get us more connected to what's going on around us, but it seems like the medium just overpowers the message and exacerbates old prejudices and ignorance.  Where's good old Marshall McLuhan when you need him?

Let's #commonsense, folks.


  1. Yes! She summarizes the questions we all should be asking.

    Compare her critique to this interview with Kaptain Kony himself, Jason Russell:

    You brought Mr. McLuhan into the discussion, rightfully so. Not only is the medium the message, but the messenger definitely influences how we receive the message.

    My knee-jerk reaction to Jason Russell is to tune out his vapid, yuppie sound bytes. Much like my response to the TV and radio interviews surrounding the Occupy movement (another 'cause' that spread via social media); a spokesperson for any organization or movement should be knowledgeable, intelligent, prepared so that their message will carry weight. Jason Russell is throwing out multi-syllabic buzz words that are barely sensical in context.

    Unfortunately, I bet that's a big part of why his message has been so popular -- it sounds familiar and not overly intellectualized.

    It's a catch 22 -- how many people would have viewed even 1/3 of a 30 minute view narrated by an academic like Rosebell Kagumire?(

  2. Check this, you commented just under three weeks ago, and where's Kony 2012 now? Same place as Linsanity, Tebowmania, Darfur, The Christmas Tsunami, Katrina, and the list goes on and on and on.

    Oh ya, Russell got arrested for waving his ding-a-ling in the street. Now that's a great message to send to his kid.