The Rise, Fall—and Resurrection?—Of Kony 2012

The world's largest social phenomenon quickly became a personal tragedy–and a chance for anger or grace.

This article is from Issue 57: May/June 2012

On March 5, Invisible Children posted a video chronicling the devestation caused by Joseph Kony in Uganda. The video called viewers to make Kony “famous” in 2012 in order to expedite his ultimate capture. The video exploded overnight, garnering more than 90 million views and sparking both praise and intense criticism. But then, you already know all this.