Yeah kind of sucks to see people shrugging, but all you can do is spread the word, not get all pissed off and throw a fit because they don't care. That'll just backfire on you. No one takes a raging lunatic seriously (ie. Rush Limbaugh razz) I'd also suggest trying to minimize the amount of threads on this -.- you could've posted this elsewhere. I think that's whats mostly annoying people here on Gaia.
I think if they watched the video, they would care more. I know I didn't really care or know wtf was going on until I watched it. The video is effective because it gives a face, a name, and a story. You know about Jacob, and what he's gone through and you know that if this guy is stopped, many kids like Jacob will be saved.
But really, the video isn't asking much. People are doing exactly what it asks. Just pass it on, and show you care. They aren't asking you to become freedom fighters and go overseas to Africa. The theme is that these kids are seen as invisible, and they are. We know they're there, but since we don't see them everyday, it doesn't concern us. They want to change that, and even bring this man forth and show him that he is no longer safe in this world.
I'm not so concerned with the idea that people who didn't care about invisible children are just starting to care now. What I'm concerned with is the very likely prediction that all this is just some moral masturbation that will make a single mercenary leader more infamous.
Maybe Kony will get arrested, who knows? But focusing on him at this scope is only going to solve 1 problem. I don't think people realize that stupid ******** ideologies like this can't be stopped by catching just 1 figurehead.
Once Kony is caught, support will be cut in half as the same god damn s**t in Africa continues to happen. People will fight tooth and nail for this single, evil-emperor-like merc leader, and then will do nothing to solve the environment that allowed him to rise to power in the first place.
I mean I hate to invoke godwin's law so early, but this is why even today Germany's political leadership is composed of ******** neonazis.
Wow, you're spending money and starting a website. I'm sure that will prevent child soldiers from ever being used in an armed conflict in the future. I'm sure none of that money is taken to give big pay packets to the employees of the charity.
No-one worth their salt would attempt to deride an emotional response or humanist sentiment. I will however attempt to deride your ideal that by throwing money you are really a charitable individual, and instead propose that modern-day charity seeks to combine passive consumerism and philanthropy, allowing people to do nothing but use money and "awareness" in the hope the world gets better by itself.
"The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence." - Oscar Wilde. We should be seeking ways to use our money to achieve the goal set out by the charity. We should ensure something happens. But too many people think that writing about a matter for publicity, and collecting loose change, is the way to bring legal justice about in a country ravaged by armed conflict. That is not an adequate plan.