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STOP KONY and the perils of ‘conflict for the Facebook world’

9 March 2012

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https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2012/03/stop-kony-and-the-perils-of-conflict-for-the-facebook-world/

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. J Bergson permalink
    9 March 2012 19:47

    Weapons of peace – weapons of war?

    This is an excellent article, echoing my thoughts but from a much more informed position! I think this is a very dangerous campaign.

    It seems to me If people are fighting and they think moves towards peace = them being arrested, then the incentives are pretty low for them to stop fighting. Mamdami writes on US Darfur activists being complicit in genocide and I think this bares comparison. Maybe this is too strong: this debate that has many levels.

    I also think how will that cute American child feel if in the future this video is seen (in any way) as a contributor to an escalation and more atrocities? What does that make him?

    The situation is so complicated and it is true that there is a wider ethical point here about the role of media and modern tools of mobilisation, especially in conflict situations…

  2. Jonathan Fisher permalink
    10 March 2012 13:02

    Thanks for the comment Joe!

    You make a very good point about the incentive structure for rebels at large when ICC warrants are in play. One of the many things which led to the breakdown of LRA-Government of Uganda peace talks in 2005-2006 was,in fact, the ICC warrant being issued on Kony et al and it remains one of the big sticking points for any future peace negotiations. As you say, why would Kony not continue fighting if the alternative is a life in jail in the Hague? The pessimist in me thinks this might be a factor in the approaching Kenyan elections where two of the three major candidates have been indicted by the ICC. Gives ‘zero sum game’ a whole new meaning.

    Interestingly, of course, Ocampo himself (the ICC Chief Prosecutor) appears in the KONY 2012 clip and has himself endorsed the campaign strongly. It’s worth remembering that the ICC will also benefit from the success of Invisible Children’s work if it ends up with Kony in jail. Would be a big publicity coup for an institution which hasn’t really shown itself to be very effective in apprehending criminals thus far (cf Bashir jollying around ICC-signatory states with impunity!).

  3. 14 March 2012 07:25

    I almost replied to the Stop Kony’s Initiative on Facebook yesterday. I am glad I didn’t because I could not have done as well as you. I entirely agree with your view. Thank you for sharing your though-full article on the web.
    Virginie Lacroix

  4. 7 April 2012 20:09

    This blog by Sasha Dichter has an interesting post questioning how viral media can impact social aims and to what extent such media can ignite change

    http://sashadichter.wordpress.com/

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