The Takeaway

Hunting for Joseph Kony

Monday, April 30, 2012

In March, Joseph Kony jumped into the national spotlight when a YouTube video about his Christian militia, the Lord’s Resistance Army, went viral. Six months earlier, however, American troops were quietly deployed to northern Uganda to fight the LRA. Dan Damon, host of the BBC’s World Update reports on the difficulties facing US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in their hunt for Kony.


The Takeaway

Sharon Waxman Talks All Things Media

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sharon Waxman, founder of the Hollywood and media analysis website, joins us to discuss the latest in the media world, including the $200 million estimated loss for the Disney sci-fi epic John Carter, Apple's $100 billion cash reserve, the ongoing conversation around Kony2012, and the fact or fiction of playwright Mike Daisey's show on the working conditions at Apple supplier factories.

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On The Media

What To Make of Kony 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

The internet film KONY 2012, which calls for the capture of Joseph Kony - the fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, has received tens of millions views on YouTube. Reaching an incredible number of people has brought the film, and the organization that produced it, under criticism however. Brooke speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who says that despite some faults, the film might help bring about change. 

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The Takeaway

Is Slacktivism the New Activism?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Have you ever clicked like on a Facebook post of a video promoting some social cause? Ever signed an online petition calling for the end of some social injustice? How about those wristbands spreading a message like to LIVESTRONG? Ever wear one of those?

Odds are, if you’re a Facebooker, a tweeter, or simply an internet peruser, some might consider you a "slacktivist". A combination of slacker and activist, slacktivism commonly refers to passive, feel-good measures taken in support of an issue or social cause that, in reality, have little practical effect other than self-satisfaction. The term has been uttered over and over again in the wake of the mega-viral "Kony 2012" campaign.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Kony 2012's Ripple Effect

Monday, March 12, 2012

Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, and Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist and editor at Channel 16, which reports on humanitarian conflict, discuss the hyper-viral video and its complicated implications.

A Kony 2012 Reading List: The Atlantic: The Soft Bigotry of Kony2012 | Invisible Children: Response to Criticism | BoingBoing: African Voices Respond | Christian Science Monitor: It's Fine to Watch Kony 2012 but Learn to Respect Africans | ThinkProgress: A Partial Defense of Kony 2012 | Black Star News: 10 Questions for Invisible Children | Africa is a Country: The #Kony2012 Show | Foreign Policy: Joseph Kony is Not Uganda


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The Takeaway

Video about Ugandan Rebel Leader Joseph Kony Goes Viral

Thursday, March 08, 2012

An American NGO called Invisible Children has made a video that tells the story of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony, who was indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005 but remains at large. Since the video was released on Tuesday, the video has been viewed over 30 million times.

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