. . . but I'm not sure it's gonna be any more relaxing than this past week. We've got a lot on tap for the weekend, and I'm still not healed from my vicious flu/virus/whatever-it-was of March 2012. The fever's gone, but my cough is epic and it's incited a mighty sore throat. Wouldn't it be nice if the world just kinda stopped when we were sick, so that we could get better on our own time? Yeah . . .
I did take two days this week off (Monday and Wednesday). After being out on Monday miserable with fever, I decided to take some medicine and rally on Tuesday . . . which was a terrible idea. I got to school to find this note from my substitute:
which made me frustrated and sad, and frankly, I was in no shape to be at work anyway (my fever was 100.6 at the time). So despite my students' lack of success with substitutes, I called in sick again on Wednesday, which was a really good thing since my temperature was back up to 101 by Tuesday night. Ugh. Here's a funny conversation that happened while I was attempting to teach class on Tuesday:
student: Ms. Kiefer, why aren't you wearing any makeup?
me: I feel terrible and I have a fever; makeup is the least of my concerns.
student: Put on some makeup.
I had time to do two noteworthy things while I was home sick: 1. Watch the movie version of The Help and 2. Read all about the controversy that is KONY 2012. I'm sure most of you know all about it by now, but just in case you don't, here's the run down:
Invisible Children released this video in the hopes of raising awareness about African war criminal Joseph Kony, who has abducted tens of thousands of children and turns them into sex slaves and child soldiers:
KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.
When I first saw the video, I thought: "what an incredibly powerful film, and what an inspiring use of social media to get people riled up about an unthinkable injustice." The film really is well-done. It's convincing, engaging, and a good mix of the personal and the political.
But immediately after, I started to see all the backlash: the articles accusing Invisible Children of misrepresenting the situation, the groups pointing out that Invisible Children is partnering with the terribly corrupt Ugandan Army, the financial accusations that Invisible Children, a nonprofit, has spent millions on travel and film-making as opposed to direct relief.
1. Here's a critique of the KONY 2012 movement by Michael Deibert.
2. Here's a response from a Ugandan man that I found to be particularly good.
3. Here's the tumblr site dedicated to providing alternatives.
4. An article from The Atlantic.
5. And Invisible Children's response.
So what do you think about all this? I'm still soaking it all in and considering the different perspectives. Ultimately, I think the awareness resulting from IC's KONY 2012 video campaign is pretty tremendous, but a lot of the criticism resounds with me. Social/political action is a seriously complicated issue, huh?
Happy Friday. And let me know your thoughts on KONY 2012--I'd love to hear!
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