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No. Viral social media campaigns have been doing the rounds
since ages now. Google ‘No Make Up Selfie’, ‘Kony’, ‘Chillin4Charity’ (which
actually is the predecessor of the current ice bucket challenge.)
Does this really
Well, from a philosophical point of view, there are
different approaches to what deserves more attention, which charities are high
up on the priority list and how people should be made aware of more pressing
causes first. But simply put, we are in a dynamic, competitive market place,
and it is no different for charities. This one snow-balled, like few others in
the past and more good things are coming out of it than the bad, so yes,
it is making a difference. To start with it has raised millions for the ALS charity based in USA, it might help
fund more research to help cure the cause and it is spreading awareness about this
Is it really spreading
awareness now, I think people are ignorantly joining the bandwagon.
Well, it could be that some people are not aware of what
they are up to, they might not be donating either. But again, I would rather believe
those who are aware and donating are exponentially higher in number than those who are doing
it only for some random attention. And personally, I believe any PR is good PR.
If nothing else, they are adding to the digital voice of the campaign, one
tweet, one video at a time. So you end up with the following main actions:
- - Do the challenge and don’t donate
- - Do the challenge and donate
- - Donate and don’t do the challenge - - Don't do anything
Who knows which charities are all the donations being made to,
personally as far as an ALS charity somewhere is benefiting it is great. Actually,
even if people are donating to any local charity it is a positive ripple effect
of this campaign. Not that there will be many in this category but then like any
PR is good PR, any charity is good charity.
But they are wasting
Wasting? Didn’t we just establish that there is a 'good' by-product of this madness? I call this madness as we all know that in today’s
times social behaviour has changed manifold. We need something that entices us,
makes us feel important and helps us be a part of a group, all working towards something
special. And that’s why we need this action of throwing a bucket full of iced
water and sharing it on social media. People live by these rules and so
organisations and campaigns use this to their benefit.
Do you think a basic call to action would help ALS raise the
amount of money they did in such a short span of time? I don’t think so.
I digress, sorry. So coming back to the water-issue. You
feel we were better off using that water and all that money used in buying the
ice and the carbon foot print of making all this ice for a more worthy case? In my
opinion it is not wasting a resource, there is a clear value exchange. It all
depends on what perspective you are looking at this from. Remember obesity and
malnutrition? Droughts and floods? Oh wait, rich and poor?
Random, but not sure if the effect of the campaign would be
even more if in medical terms there was one term used to describe this disease.
I know ALS is a type of MND and different medical terms are prevalent in
different countries. Many people might be aware of MND only, many are now aware
of ALS only, but it would be great to have everyone aware of MND and ALS
to join the movement.