#Occupy KONY Now A Part Of History
Remember KONY2012? For those of you who wish they hadn’t, this news might come as some relief: The organization behind KONY2012 will close its doors. Although they will still function in the capacity of political advocacy and lobbying, Invisible Children, Inc. will be downsizing its department and calling it quits by end of year.
The campaign originally started as a piece of international vigilante justice. Ugandan guerrilla warlord Joseph Kony was the subject, as the campaign tried to bring him to trial for various allegations that focused on recruiting African children for his Lord’s Resistance Army. The media campaign went viral thanks to impressionable young American children, but like all viral media campaigns, the benefit was questionable. The Guardian, among others, questioned the campaign’s legitimacy and methods.
And in the end, lots of money in donations got moved around but not much was accomplished. There is, to this day, a Uganda-led effort backed by the US military to smoke Kony out of hiding, but so far hasn’t amounted to much.
But no need to feel nostalgia; Internet mobs move from cause to cause like bees from flower to flower, and like Youtube trends, they never rest for long.