UPDATE: A lot of people by now will have heard the creator of STOP KONY has been arrested and it’s been all over Twitter. DuckRabbit has an excellent breakdown on the situation and it serves as a good reminder that news will spread when the facts or direct quotes aren’t present. I invite you to read on here. As usual everything isn’t what it seems at first glance. It turns out Jason Russell wasn’t masturbating.
This is the first comment in the story I’m linking too.
J A Mortram states “… Regardless of whom the fact someone has potentially had some form of mental breakdown and in such a public way is not a scenario for mockery. How fast the world spins from caring for 15 mins for one cause to ridiculing another”.
It’s the same reaction with the actual STOP KONY video, once people found out it wasn’t as ‘accurate’ as they thought, they felt it was an excuse not to donate or to ridicule the effort. (It’s a pity this kind of reaction/awareness is shared and then directed at governments and corporations that lie to us every single day). Jason Russell and Uganda is in this situation because of our collective apathy towards those institutions after all.
In my opinion, the video isn’t inaccurate; it’s describing the situation in a very easy to understand manner. Some would say simplistic, nothing totally wrong with that when people’s attention spans rest briefly on a cause. Especially as the pinnacle of a consumers’ desires; the iPad, is currently breathing life into internet’s news ecosystem. ‘Stop who?’ some might say.