by Anna

In Defense of the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, 2014 in Learning by Anna

Earlier this week, I published a blog post asking the question, Is the ice bucket challenge going too far? (I wrote this post at the same time I wrote that one.)

As I stated in that post, I wonder if anyone is really learning much about ALS at all while they watch friends and family dump ice cold water on themselves.

I also questioned why we want to draw attention to ourselves when we do a good deed or how this sort of behavior will impact our children as they watch and sometimes even participate in these acts that show no real connection to the cause behind the craze.

Time may be better spent giving of ourselves by helping caregivers caring for those in need. Give them a break or help individuals in crisis ourselves, rather than tape ourselves dumping water on our heads.

Although I still wish that we could get back to place of intrinsic motivation to carry out good deeds and do what’s right just for the sake of doing it, I don’t know that everyone feels the same.

Today I’m going to defend the #icebucketchallenge trend that continues to spread far and wide through various social media outlets.

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When people see what their friends are doing and how much fun they’re having while doing it, they oftentimes want a piece of the action. They want to be a part of something larger. We see this with The Mud Run and The Color Run, where we witness people simply competing to challenge themselves or running to celebrate healthiness and happiness.

Something like the ice bucket challenge may push a less likely contributor to step forward and donate to a good cause.

What’s the harm in dumping cold water over your head if you can raise awareness at the same time?

Afterall, the ALSA is raising money through this free marketing campaign and has even created images for people to use on Twitter and Facebook as a way of shouting from the mountaintops that they have taken the challenge.

As long as nobody is getting hurt, let’s add some fun and camaraderie through wifi networks across America.

It seems that this game of sorts is crossing boundaries of all kinds. From girls next door and parents across the country to professional athletes, actors, and politicians, like George W. Bush, who goes on to challenge Bill Clinton.

Having fun while contributing in significant ways is nothing new.

Year after year, I witness friends walk for three days straight, adorning breasts, boobs, and ta-tas of all shapes, colors, and sizes to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. I see others wear pink ribbons. To each her own, I guess.

Maybe the ice bucket challenge is not such a far stretch from men growing mustaches in November to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer.

I still wonder if they’ll have to step up the challenge a bit this Movember to keep up with the seemingly endless ice bucket challenge.

And, I can’t help but wonder how I’ll teach my children the connection between silly behaviors and serious issues. But that will come with time.

What sort of things do you think people will start doing to keep up with trends like this?

by Anna

Is The Ice Bucket Challenge Going Too Far?

August 20, 2014 in Learning by Anna

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, you are seeing more and more of your friends and family taking what’s known as the Ice Bucket Challenge. But, is the #icebucketchallenge going too far?

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I get it…It’s all for a good cause. Although to many it may come as a surprise that the effort to raise money came as an afterthought to dumping ice cold water on your head. Afterall, you don’t need an ice bucket to donate money to any cause.

On top of that, I’m not really learning much about ALS by watching people waste water and ice. (I do, however, wonder how many of my ice bucket challenge supporters also ironically speak out about wasting water and how spoiled America is to the rest of the world to be able to play a game like this.)

And, not that it’s any of my business, but some might not even be donating money. They may simply view the challenge as a challenge to dump ice water on their heads and post it to social media rather than a challenge to raise money and awareness.

Those that accept the “challenge” are supposed to either donate $100 to the fight against ALS or dump water on themselves. So, am I to assume that a person posting a video hasn’t donated anything?

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. It’s hard to decipher what one has to do with the other, or how either one of these tasks is really a challenge. To top it off, people are changing the challenge. Some say donate $10 and dump water on your head.

It is safe to say that a significant amount of money has been raised for the ALS Association through this trending phenomenon, but I wonder how many people watching these videos even know what the acronym stands for, let alone, what the money is used for.

Seeing this take place day after day on my social media feed makes me wonder if we’re not taking things too far?

Although it is a much safer physical challenge to post, my first thought was that of the fire challenge, in which several teens challenged one another to light themselves on fire. Needless to say, death can occur from such nonsense.

On some level, I feel like the ice bucket challenge is the grown-up version of this, granted…with good intentions attached, and much, much safer.

So…what do I mean when I say it may go too far?

I see something wrong with having to challenge others in a public format to pony up dough to a cause or do something physical to themselves as a sort of penance for not donating.

I wonder why we are giving each other accolades for behavior that is unrelated to the supposed focus of the challenge.

I question why we are a society that has developed an innate need for public praise and adoration.

What happened to doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do?

What happened to doing this regardless of who notices?

This entire thing leaves me pondering three things.

What will other organizations have to come up with to get people to notice them and donate to their cause?

Will anyone ever post a challenge on a public format that will spread so quickly for so long that simply challenges people to be more considerate of those around them? No money and no ice water involved?

And finally, Will my own children always expect public praise for doing (or possibly not doing) things because that’s just how it was when they were growing up?

What do you think of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

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by Anna

Target Gift Card Giveaway!

August 10, 2014 in Reviews by Anna

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