MIT Professor: ‘Stopping Kony’ Is Not That Easy

BOSTON (CBS) – By now, most people have heard about the Kony 2012 video that’s gotten over 50 million hits on the internet.

The 30 minute video has inspired many people to fund the effort to capture the head of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, Joseph Kony, who is now believed to be in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But the video by the group Invisible Children has also been criticized for over-simplifying a very complicated issue.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Suzanne Sausville spoke with Ethan Zuckerman, the director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media about the video.


  • tsal

    What Mr. Zucherman doesn’t mention is that 30 minute video has captured the attention of millions whereas before no one was listening. I don’t care what you think will work, if you do not have attention focused on Kony nothing will change. Proof is that he is a decade old problem.

  • gramps

    Survey: Continent of Africa has the most corrupt nations in the world….

    At the bottom of the 178 countries Somalia scored 1.1, below Afghanistan and Myanmar (1.4) and Iraq (1.5). Five other African nations joined Somalia; Sudan, Chad, Burundi, Angola and Equatorial Guinea. Forty-four of the 47 African nations scored less than five on the index, meaning they have serious levels of corruption. Botswana was ranked as the least corrupt African country, with a score of 5.8.

    Yet we continue to ‘poor money’ down a ‘black hole’ thru donations……We’re ‘CHUMPS’!


  • Rob Cleary

    Who cares? Let’s hope Kony kills them all before they find their way to America. Kony should get a Nobel Peace prize for eliminating these useless criminals. Dead people don’t need billions in US aid.

  • Danny Evarts

    For those still drinking the Invisible Children Kool-Aid, please realize that the Ugandan government, which Kony was fighting against, was abducting and recruiting children long before Kony was around (where do you think he got the idea?), and that by asking for US Troops to attack KONY, you are supporting more of the same from that Dictatorial government. Also note that no one is even sure Kony is still alive, and that the LRA is, at most, a few hundred people, if they still have any influence or power at all.
    And while you’re learning to think for yourselves, look up who is funding Invisible Children, and see the connection between Africom, the right-wing organizations from America that have gone to Uganda to push the “Kill the Gays” measures there, the oil and other resources money behind it, the American Family Council which supports many right0wing issues, etc. etc.
    And, while you’re at it, also realize that we, as Americans, understand very little to nothing about what’s really going on in Africa, and we should maybe learn something before we hop on a political bandwagon and call for another war based on a glossy propaganda movement.

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