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(Slate)   A look at why the internet gives so much money to victims they don't even know   (slate.com ) divider line
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6557 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Mar 2013 at 10:11 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-03-11 09:21:09 AM  
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Because it allows people to feel like they're part of some greater, collective good without requiring them to actually do anything, commit anything, or think any further about it than the time it takes to press the submit button?
2013-03-11 10:54:28 AM  
2 votes:
Because by giving money to complete strangers on the internet, it's still far more likely that some of the money will actually reach actual victims than if you give it to church-based charities, especially the big mega-'charities' you see continuously marketing on TV.
2013-03-11 10:38:06 AM  
2 votes:
I just pray. Keeps my bank accounts at the same level.
2013-03-11 11:13:45 AM  
1 vote:
I think as the article has it right when it said that people donate because they feel guilty for harassing someone back in the day.

And all you farkers should send money to the people you've called fat and ugly via pictures and text on this website.


/but maybe it doesn't count if you don't say it directly to their face I guess.
2013-03-11 10:47:31 AM  
1 vote:

Pocket Ninja: Because it allows people to feel like they're part of some greater, collective good without requiring them to actually do anything, commit anything, or think any further about it than the time it takes to press the submit button?


I was thinking more along the lines of it allows instant gratification by providing a face and specific reason to who they are donating to instead of just giving money to a faceless charity/corporation. Same reason why some charities send you a picture of war orphans/animals for your donations.

Author seems to completely miss how "going viral" works by comparing Karen Klein to Lydia Tillman. It's okay, companies spend billions on marketing and still haven't figured it out either.
 
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