Livetweeting that #StopKony video this morning

by zunguzungu

  • Alright, I’m watching it. So they’re using spliced footage from the opening to Love, Actually?
  • THE OLDS ARE CONCERNED WITH THE NEW RULES AND FREEDOM EXPERIMENT
  • I like how the newmediaawesome has incorporated the attention-span critique; slacktivism is awesome, but also, pay attention, you slackers!
  • What a remarkable elision of the privilege of place; no choice about where to be born, so WE’RE ALL THE SAME
  • Wow, that kid making missile videos is pretty fucking insane.
  • Subtly… the agents of the state are interposing between the Westerner and the object of Westerner-love, the African child.
  • “You are making our work here very difficult” GET AWAY FROM THE CHILD!
  • Dude, maybe let the kid finish his sentences before you re-state what he’s saying in much stupider and more simple terms.
  • Not being able to go to school — banal fruits of political-economic dysfunction — is not an exclusive result of the LRA, to put it mildly. But it seems like it, here.
  • The scene where the dude is sternly saying “We’re going to STOP THEM. DO YOU HEAR ME?” and making the kid say yes, is totally aggro. Watch the body language. Chill, dude, chill.
  • Wow, we are literally being asked to emulate the moral sophistication of a pre-emptively infantilized 4 year old?
  • So, like people say, the constant present tense being used is pretty pernicious, actively misleading about the present situation in Northern Uganda.
  • Doubling down on the indefensibility of Kony’s activities is a nice way of sidestepping the problem of how he’s managed to persist.
  • Oh, hello Uhuru Kenyatta on the ICC’s list.
  • Ah, here it is: by asserting that Kony “would have been stopped” if people were aware, we are explicitly blaming the problem on the 99%, the world’s majority.
  • And that “obviously” indexes a faith in Good Authority: the problem is the political will, not the means of implementing it.
  • The means must disappear as even a *thinkable* problem, the way a child (is supposed to) trust that his parents can do anything.
  • In fact, precisely because of a child’s unthinking trust in power — and imposed inability to see complexity — it must be our frame of reference?
  • Also, the father’s responsibility to his child is to maintain child’s trust in daddy: Government-daddy won’t do it, so Daddy-daddy must.
  • Actually, the part where he’s like “so, actually Uganda is pretty safe now” seems pretty blunt to me (and demands a turn to rebuilding)
  • “An army of young people.” Sigh.
  • Ok, so 17:07 is pretty fucking inadvertently fascistic, at LEAST on the visual level. That’s just nuts.
  • Chanting in unison, wearing uniforms, pledging “We Will Fight War,” and saluting as a group. Huh.
  • AND NOW WE’RE DANCING TO WORLD MUSIC
  • “We’re all coming from completely different places” but we’re all ASTONISHINGLY white. “This is what the world should be like.”#nocomment
  • And here we have it: Obama’s deployment of force — “military advisors” — to Central Africa actually explicitly is the end-point of their efforts (“8 years of work.”)
  • And… there’s Inhofe. And Hitler.
  • The Ugandan army needs technology… to pursue him outside Uganda’s borders! Nothing problematic about that.
  • No mention of building a multi-nation coalition, no UN or AU; just GET THE TECHNOLOGY TO A STATE’S ARMY
  • That’s really important: *awareness* is explicitly being instrumentalized as a means of furthering a US partnership with Ugandan military.
  • Also, the ID bracelets are pretty clearly framed as military style dog-tags: “army of youth”
  • Seriously, they have id numbers, dog-tag style gun metal.
  • “Turning the world upside down”/upending the pyramid = getting the US military-industrial complex to send $$/tools to Uganda’s military.
  • This black and white footage, too; framing the whole thing with moon-shot symbols of global unity, higher purpose, etc…
  • …which just happens to perfectly harmonize with the military-industrial complex.
  • And that’s it!
  • To answer my own question from an hour ago: this is definitely a unique piece of discourse. Its militarism is uniquely focused and intense.
  • Shorter #StopKony: “AFRICOM is totally teh awesomelulz”
  • Alright folks! Thanks for putting up with that! and now, a shower!