After the activist group Invisible Children created the Kony 2012 campaign to arrest Joseph Kony, a group of New York University graduate students created Kickstriker, a parody of a Kickstarter page aping Invisible Children’s style. They wanted to take Invisible Children’s earnestness to the point of absurdity, through a (fake) appeal to crowdsource the financing of mercenaries to hunt Kony down. They critiqued what one of them described to Danger Room as a “new activism that puts the reader, the donor, the viewer at the center of the story.”
Invisible Children doesn’t think Kickstriker is funny. (Read more…) In fact, they’ve sent the Kickstriker team a cease-and-desist warning to take down the parody page.
[VIA WHAT REALLY HAPPENED]