We were sidetracked this week from more important EAW-type things because we re-discovered Jason Russell, the man behind Invisible Children and the smash hit Kony2012. In his own words, “if Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Bono had a baby, I would be that baby.” It’s no wonder that the gap between marketing and program teams across the EAW World got about 6 miles wider over the past few days… If you were too busy doing actual work this week to watch Invisible Children’s masterpiece, we suggest watching it this weekend while playing The Definitive Kony2012 Drinking Game.
After watching it, you’ll want to get a campaign bracelet of course, so you’ll need to choose either
But wait, a bunch of mostly white folks in the US debating what should happen in Northern Uganda? How about some non-white folk and perhaps even some Africans (it doesn’t really matter if they are Northern Ugandan or not) involved in the debate…? The Interwebs never disappoints. There’s Teju Cole on American Sentimentality towards Africa and OkayAfrica (which strangely enough seems to be run by non Africans… correct us if we are wrong) who bring us Joseph Kony and the White Man’s Burden.
And what would the debate be without its own “Sh*t [ ] People Say” video? @whatsupafrica helps out with “Shit White People say after watching Kony 2012”
[update: and this is just too plain funny not to add here: http://i.imgur.com/162Be.png (HT @chrisalbon)]
Speaking of the White Man’s Burden, Jeffrey Sachs tells us how he’d run the World Bank, and Bill Easterly tells us how he would not run the World Bank….. If you don’t have time to read their rationales, check out our handy Sachs-Easterly flow chart to decide who you think should get the job (because as someone once said, there’s nothing more SEAWL than two old white guys in the US debating development approaches….)
Since Kony2012 eclipsed an important DAY. And we know EAWs love DAYS, here’s a couple of International Women’s Day articles to catch you up (you may need some fodder for IWD discussion in your office or your cluster meeting today in case there is someone important who is not talking about Kony 2012 and wants to talk about DAYS). Claire Melamed – who is a self-declared post-2015 world ponderer – reminds us that poor and excluded women probably have more in common with the poor and excluded men they live with than with the wealthy middle-class women who run things (see: Gender is just one of many inequalities that generate poverty and exclusion). Keshet Bachan says stop talking about women and start talking about gender and power. Unfortunately we were too busy drinking and watching Kony2012 and StopKony and STOPStopKony to read any other IWD posts….
Meanwhile, speaking of women, and speaking of women and blogging, and of women and snark, the ABBA2011 contest set off a bit of a debate. Duncan Green from FP2P says that less women comment in his comments thread… and goes on to say that women don’t snark publicly because they are busy doing important things (like quilting). Hmmmm. (Or wait, maybe he was being snarky?) We can think of a few examples (cough, cough Wronging Rights, Laurenist, Alanna Shaikh, yours truly) of women aid and aid-related bloggers who enjoy snarking, but it’s perhaps true that there are not enough of us. Tom Murphy who runs the “admittedly flawed” contest responds with his own “Carefully Wading into Gender and Development Blogging” (wading into gender issues has to always, always, always be done ‘carefully’) and Tobias Denskus jumps in with “Is writing reflective blogs on development a girl’s thing? And if so, am I really a female blogger?” where he calls out Duncan for tackling “an interesting issue with surprisingly sexist contemplations.”
And that’s it for links today…. as always, if you’ve got something you think we need to link to, send it on over.