In the wake of Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 viral video frenzy and the cataclysmic meltdown of the organization’s leader Jason Russell, it is worth deconstructing the phenomenon beyond mere criticisms of the producers’ failure to contrive a holistic narrative about Joseph Kony’s reign of terror. The film is arguably the most nefarious piece of propaganda we have seen since the days of Leni Riefenstahl, in particular because it targets a youth audience, as did the Nazis.
Promoted as a grass roots charity, Invisible Children is anything but. It is so in bed with government policy makers and corporate donors, that “charity” seems rather a misnomer, and whether they were aware of it or not, the organisation has turned out to be nothing more than a public relations tool for US corporate interests and their government accessories.
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