I've been trying to unsubscribe from a lot of the mailing lists I've signed up for over the past several years, so that I don't have to delete eleven emails I'm not planning to read, three times a day. Apparently, during the KONY 2012 thing earlier this year, I signed up for the Invisible Children mailing list. When I saw it, I almost deleted it. Then I didn't, because I was curious what they're saying -- I haven't heard anything about Invisible Children since the founder ran naked through the street that one time.
Here's the first paragraph of their email:
Starting in September, Invisible Children Roadies are heading to New Hampshire as well as 49 other states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. They want to see New England in the fall, the world's largest doughnut, and everything in between. But mostly they want to meet you, your friends, and your friends' friends. New Hampshire dates run from September 25-October 8, but they're filling fast.
I love that they write "49 other states," not "the 49 other states." Like there are some extra ones they're skipping.
They're taking a new film on tour, and they're asking their supporters to book screenings. I guess the plan is to have their supporters gather up all their friends to get pumped up for the last five months of 2012, because the more middle-class American kids wishing the LRA will go away, the more likely it is to happen.
I guess if it all ends up working, it's not a bad thing. And I am against a certain kind of hate that Invisible Children supporters get -- the organization is irresponsible, condescending and noneffective, but the people supporting it do want to help, and calling them assholes isn't going to point them in the direction of more productive activism.
That said, I'm still unsubscribing from the mailing list now.