Stop dumping water on your head. Just give money.

I know there are many bigger problems in the world, but I have just seen one ALS ice bucket challenge too many! As it says in this post: "[i]t’s hard to shake the feeling that, for most of the people posting ice bucket videos of themselves on Facebook, Vine, and Instagram, the charity part remains a postscript. Remember, the way the challenge is set up, the ice-drenching is the alternative to contributing actual money. Some of the people issuing the challenges have tweaked the rules by asking people to contribute $10 even if they do soak themselves. Even so, a lot of the participants are probably spending more money on bagged ice than on ALS research."

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/08/1…

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4Rina
08/18/14
4Rina
I don't mind the laughs. I don't like the peer pressure element of it. And it smells too much like "look at me,look at me, I'm so great supporting ALS" and then you give $10? People seem to be doing it more for the FB likes than anything else. I like this suggestion at the end of the post I linked to above: "That’s why I’m proposing what is sure to be an unpopular alternative to the #icebucketchallenge. It’s called the no ice bucket challenge, and it works like this:

1. Do not fetch a bucket, fill it with ice, or dump it on your head.
2. Do not film yourself or post anything on social media.
3. Just donate the damn money, whether to the ALS Association or to some other charity of your choice. And if it’s an organization you really believe in, feel free to politely encourage your friends and family to do the same."
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08/18/14
I think you are missing the point though. This isn't about peer pressure. It's about raising awareness. The ice bucket part is funny. I mean we can agree on that right? So this isn't being motivated by peer pressure so much as we want to see people drench themselves. I will fully admit to watching a ton of these videos lately. I will also admit to researching ALS more. Oh, and donating as well. I don't have a lot to add to the donations, but I did. I am pretty sure this was the intention of the whole campaign. Even IF you only went as far as to research, it was making you aware of the issue.
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08/18/14
4Rina
Maybe...I guess I already felt pretty aware, and my husband and I give quite a lot to charity ever year, so the idea of giving is not new to me. I am glad that more donations have gone to ALS. I still think that many, many people that posted these videos did this more for attention than anything else. Maybe I'm just being cynical.
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    08/18/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I haven't given it much thought, I guess.
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