Blogging about the News

I no longer mention news stories on here. They’re still on my mind (my Google Reader is forever flooded with news feeds- my morbid, nightmare crack), but I couldn’t strike a balance between ‘the big issues’ and my fluffier conceits. It was too awkward to look back at happy, photo-album memories then link to stories on the Arab Spring, or Burma, or that pickaxe murder in my neighborhood…

Anyway, I’ve been really impressed with the viral reception of Kony 2012. Is it a fad, “…insufferably condescending, a way of making US college kids feel good about themselves“? Maybe- there are plenty of criticisms about this organization and its video. But I think it’s commendable for raising awareness and empathy (and really, the prickly Guardian writer agrees). At a minimum, lots of people who hadn’t even heard of the LRA before have now. And even if you had heard of it, it’s way too easy to forget how scary some places are- how corrupt and unsafe and homophobic. I don’t think there’s an easy solution to these problems, but think this campaign is rooted in goodwill.

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4 thoughts on “Blogging about the News

  1. Aw, I liked your news stories! But I understand how you feel.

    Unfortunately I am immediately skeptical of viral internet sensations, and I really took a personal dislike to the guy doing that Kony video. I couldn’t get the Team America theme song out of my head when he promised that poor, desperate child that “WE will do everything that WE can to fix this.” And…OK I admit I didn’t sit through the whole thing. But I agree, it’s important to be reminded what a frightening world we live in, and unfortunately, Facebook is the main source of information, and therefore, world news, to most kids these days (I was shocked to see my 15-year-old cousin in Cyprus re-post the video. I was like, hey, when did you start caring about the world?).

    Personally, I prefer to support charitable organisations which are politically un-biased: as in, they’ll help anybody who needs help. I hassle my politicians about politics – that’s what they’re paid for, after all.

    • No totally! The video is slick and the tone is kind of condescending. I’m not commenting on Invisible Children/Central Africa here, so much as saying broadly I like that these issues weren’t acknowledged by many young people last week but they are now. I don’t mean to sound all ‘We Are The World’ but I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people were moved. Even now that the same people in my Facebook/Twitter feeds have read more into it and don’t necessarily support IC, it’s something they would not have looked into otherwise.

      (And, I’m sorry to admit this, but I don’t even hassle politicians that much outside of signing the odd petition. You’re right, I really should!)

  2. I agree with you! The thought behind it was to spread awareness, and so they did. But I hope people will find other ways to support the issues, than to only make movies about them. But actually support organizations who are willing to fight injustice in all the layers of society. Not just LRA, but also the harsh ways of the Ugandan military and state. As an audience we should be informed when human rights are violated, but the media telling us is not always neutral to the crimes. We need to be critical.

    And also, I see your point in mixing themes for a personal blog, but I dont think a little news and knowledge hurts the atmosphere here, it just reflects your interests and your thoughts.

    • Absolutely- I don’t support the Ugandan militia either, nor do I have another solution to offer. But, thanks to the internet, moooost people were compelled to research further and that in and of itself is kind of amazing. My hope is that this burst of interest in world affairs carries beyond.

      And thanks! I’m still not sure how to shift from one to the other. Also, sometimes my obsession with the news is a little morbid/in poor taste- that might be best left off…

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