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Monday, August 18, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge: Celebrity edition

Just to reiterate the point in my #IceBucketChallenge post, the viral effort to support ALS research has reached celebrities everywhere, and many big names have taken on the challenge, and donated insane amounts to the cause.

I think the purpose of this challenge has now been fulfilled, and I hope that we can find a way to bring other causes to light in a similar fashion.

Just for funsies, let's take a look at some of the celeb challenges:

Justin Timberlake

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

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Robin Williams has been in my life ever since I can remember. And while I am overwhelmingly saddened by his death, I hope his spirit will live on through his classic films that in my opinion, will never be forgotten.

His character portrayals have been touching souls and inspiring laughter for nearly 40 years, and I have never heard one person ever say they are not a fan of Robin Williams. He had the kind of physical commitment to comedy that is rare to find, and talent that was impossible to ignore.

I know that his legacy will live on, because his performances are timeless. Whether it be the '90s-kid staple "Mrs. Doubtfire" or  Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," you'd be hard pressed to find a film featuring Robin that wasn't loved by all and duly respected by his industry peers.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge: Why You, In Fact, Are Helping

I'm in a sort of an 'everything-is-annoying-me' kind of mood today, so I'm perfectly happy to have stumbled upon this particularly bothersome article about the recently cool, hip thing to do: The
Icebucket Challenge.
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This blog post written for HuffPost by Ben Kosinski hit me just the right way to make me ponder, yet irritate me enough to post a rebuttal.

He introduces the Ice Bucket Challenge efforts as a form of slacktivism, a term created for 'activism' that requires little or no effort, such as signing a petition, and is usually done on the Internet. Got it? Good.

Well that bothers me immensely because I think it is counterproductive and pretentious to refer to one form of spreading awareness as more valid than any others. Anyone putting any effort forth to get the word out about a cause, whether it includes donating or not, is something to applaud.
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