“Fighting War Crimes, Without Leaving the Couch?” New York Times The New York Times. 9 March, 2012. Web. 10 March, 2012.
Yesterday, in response to the Kony 2012 YouTube video that went viral earlier this week, The New York Times editors published the following commentary:
With its video “Kony 2012,” the group Invisible Children has spread its message that Joseph Kony, leader of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, must be brought to justice for turning African children into soldiers and sex slaves. But many experts have said the message is simplistic, even dishonest, and have questioned the group’s finances and the approach it demands for capturing Kony. Still, the video has been viewed more than 50 million times on YouTube in less than a week. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/09/kony-2012-and-the-potential-of-social-media-activism/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=thab1_20120310
Social media definitely have the power to bring attention to terrible problems — but is there a downside, if the “call to action” is wrong-headed or if these campaigns give young people a false sense of what it really takes to create change? (New York Times)
The Times asked several of its writers to respond to this question. Follow the link, below, to read their various perspectives on the issue: