Kony is an evil man, but the government of Uganda is just as terrible. Invisible Children is seen as a horrible, disgusting thing by the people it claims to give a voice to. It's also insanely dehumanizing to sum up individuals with families and lives as invisible nothings with no voice who no one cares about.
I personally believe Africa is beyond saving, and the only way to help is to bring the good people to continents that aren't 90% uninhabitable. If you really want to help, toss the right organizations your money, but avoid this garbage at all costs.
Capturing Kony is treating the symptom, not the disease. This will not stop anything, especially since the LRA is the weakest it has ever been and isn't even really present in Uganda.
Also, one of my favorite replies I have seen to this campaign is that you shouldn't be allowed to donate money to anything related to Africa unless you can find Uganda on an unlabeled map. The point is that you shouldn't be throwing support or cash behind something you know little to nothing about. You have seen a film that provides almost no facts and plays to your emotions and outside of that, I'd be hard pressed to say that even 1% of the Kony 2012 supporters knew who he was before this, and even less can probably locate the country on a map.
I hope you guys can look at the issue from an objective view point and not from an emotional one. Getting rid of Kony would either not change things or make them worse, and history has proven that true time and time again in that region.
Please, if you want to help, do you research and brainstorm real solutions, and donate directly to causes that help get children out of those places.
Being objective is fine - and so is making an informed choice.
The whole point of the campaign has EVERYTHING to do with this statement you made: "You have seen a film that provides almost no facts and plays to your emotions and outside of that, I'd be hard pressed to say that even 1% of the Kony 2012 supporters knew who he was before this, and even less can probably locate the country on a map." Kony operated for over 20 years and the media in the US and other parts of the world barely said "boo" about it, so you're right, very few people knew what was happening before seeing the video. The media feeds us more crap about the Kardashians, Oprah Winfrey and the Olsen twins than I'd care to watch in a lifetime, so that's what most people know about, not people like Joseph Kony - and they're trying to change this.
I never heard of Kony before seeing the video. I'd heard of Uganda, had a vague idea of its location on a map. But I did some research, and know more details about the conflict than I did before and after seeing the movie. And on that, I doubt that I'm alone.
If we held the same requirements about knowing who Hitler was or where to find Japan on an unlabeled map before entering World War II, we would have never gone because simply put, most people knew only what they heard from a friend, on the radio or read in a newspaper or a book (at a time when illiteracy was fairly high and most people couldn't afford to spend money on newspapers every day or had access to free libraries). People wanted distraction from their worries, so that's what the radio networks gave them for the most part, and much of the country couldn't tune in more than a small handful of stations in the first place due to geography and an overall radio network system that hadn't become fully developed yet. Some regions had no national network coverage at all.
Aside from the Pearl Harbor attack and the occupation of some of the Aleutian Islands, none of the conflict, certainly not the major battles, ever took place on American soil - and if you count only the 48 states that existed at the time, exactly 0% of WW2 took place on home soil. If the Japanese never made the Pearl Harbor attack, we might still to this day have never entered the war, or at the least not when we did. The US was operating under a very isolationist policy up until that day - it was their problem, not ours, until it suddenly became ours as well. Hitler could possibly have taken all of Europe before the US would have been raising alarms about the situation.
These days the world is far more interconnected and interdependent than it has ever been, yet the fact that a convicted war criminal who has personally or by his command killed and enslaved so many people can remain a fugitive from justice for over a half-decade indicates we're not connected enough by far. Is he the only such criminal? No. But when did that come to mean that we should simply give up on justice and say "It's over there, on some part of the map I can't even find in some country I never heard of happening to people I'll never meet - why should I care?" If we did this with every criminal, or even just a healthy percentage of criminals, we'd have emptier jails and very unsafe streets. KONY 2012 is trying to buck this trend with a grassroots movement to raise awareness and help those who need it, and I say more power to them.