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16 March 2012

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I just wanted to say that I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts on this topic. I'm a novelist preparing to tackle a project in which the colonial representation of Africa is a central issue, and your thoughtful analysis is helping me organize my own thinking, so that I can (I hope!) avoid the pitfalls you describe. Thank you.

Much thanks for this valuable background and resource. There's no denying this very chilling (Imperial) past has present day consequences, the reverberations and nuances of which, so many, are so unaware.

I myself am glad that the video (and movement) has finally got his name out, and hopefully got enough people involved, particularly those that count, to finally get rid of this monster. And the cynicism in me says that perhaps this feel good, suburban inspired, "we are the world" type campaign was maybe the way to go to get that attention- not that there aren't better ways... just that certainly nothing has come this close. Of course, due to more recent occurrences, even this attempt may now unravel before fruition.

Invisible Children is fraught with great intentions and a plethora of baggage that is both immediately apparent and subtly discreet. Despite that, I wish the movement (assuming it can persevere its latest setback) success. I would certainly like to see a lot of those white faces in the video rallying right here at home for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.

John. First time round I skimmed over this piece (amid the rush of daily work) so tonight with a few hours free it was top of my list of things to read over.

As always, you make your arguments clearly. You taught me the origins of a phrase I use often and the analysis of images is great. Solomon Lemma's advice was also refreshingly direct amid the recent KONY2012 scramble. Look forward to the next installment and having more ideas to soak up.

As Lemma said, "emotions should fuel our passion, BUT critical thought and reflection should drive our action."

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