In American history class last year I remember reading a poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled "The White Man's Burden." To paraphrase the poem mocks the moral obligation western societies felt at the turn of the 20th centuries to civilize those "barbaric" civilizations around them. When I heard about the KONY 2012 video I could not help but feel this video is a continuation of that trend. We don't want to help Africa to become a power of equal standing with us, but we will only act when they are helpless and need a knight in shining armour to protect them. Invisible Children has given us a villian and a simple story that plays into this mentality. We are interested in stopping a brutal warlord but investing in infrastructure, education, transparency or civil services in Uganda? Nah, forget it. That's complicated and takes time. Killing a single person is much easier and more fun in the public eye when everyone is on the bandwagon. Joseph Kony is not the biggest menace to Africa, in fact he is a symptom. Since the collapse of the colonial system, Africa has been plagued by ineffective and corrupt governments which spawn and sustain brutal revolutionaries such as Kony. If the US were to find Kony and bring him to justice where would that lead us? If you cut off the head of this snake it will simply grow back. The Lord's Resistance Army will continue to be brutal to the populace even if Kony is no longer at the helm. If you want to make a difference the underlying economic and social problems of African must be tackled. But that will never fit in a 30 minute video or make for a nice profile picture so nevermind.