So, knowing all the above, why does this video bother me?
I have to fully admit the video is 100 percent effective, and I have zero doubt that they've already
Before I even searched the Google to verify skepticism, like you can find here, I was bothered by the fact that the video seemed to be more about the filmmakers efforts than about actually bringing Kony to justice. My impression is they are more interested in building a community or movement without having much of a plan (as inspired by the Arab Spring). And, of course, and perhaps this is the cynic in me, but it appears that the filmmakers may have a slight desire to be famous, and are using this movement to satisfy some subconscious need to feel important (and that's something I guess we all can relate to). I couldn't help but feel that way after their whole spiel about targeting famous people, not to mention the constant attention given to the filmmaker himself. Yes, this could be a way to personalize the message (and, actually, that works), but there is a twinge of narcissism there. After all, the filmmakers own kid thinks Daddy's job is to "fight the bad guys," which kind of puts Daddy on a pedestal.
Also, for 30 dollars, apparently I can get a "kit," which includes a cool bracelet to show support for the movement, but I still don't understand the overall goal. Even in the video they claim that Kony is in hiding, and isn't even in Uganda anymore. His army has been severely neutered (from articles I've read), and it would be incredibly difficult to find him. The US spent billions searching for Osama Bin Laden, had the power of the entire US army, and it still took nine years to capture him. So, what exactly am I throwing my 30 dollars at? Their video fund?
I'm not trying to be too much of a cynic here because I strongly believe that finding Kony and bringing him to justice is a worthy cause. And hey, the video has people talking about his atrocities and me writing about it, so I suppose that is the overall point. I just wish the movement had more of a direction and overall goal other than simply raising awareness in exchange for money. I guess I'd feel more comfortable if it didn't seem like a sales pitch to buy their snazzy lil packet and bracelet. I'm glad people are discussing and sharing this video, that is definitely important (and should be continued), but you might want to read up on the Invisible Children organization before plunking down the cash.
Either way, its a beautiful piece of propaganda that hits the right emotions needed to take action.