Friday, 24 August 2012

Cashing in on others' pain

makes me really angry

Just because commercial organisations do it, doesn't make it right. Indeed, those organisations are engaging in morally questionable behaviour when they do it. 

I'm talking about using disasters, particularly 7/11 and 7/7 to self-promote.

"The September 11, 2001, attacks have been a symbol of many things and many causes, but like the lavish, flag-draped rebuilding of the site, it has also been a vehicle for enrichment. From corporations to politicians, to government officials, to nonprofits, to the security industry, to publishers. to the health industry (not to mention the incidents of outright fraud over the years), many people have found ways to profit from one of the nation's biggest disasters." ~ The Village Voice (NY)

There is no excuse for this. You are using someone else's pain for your own self-agrandisement and profit. If you really want keep the memory alive, post something on your Blog or contribute to the disaster fund in some way. Volunteer, donate, get involved by working for a charitable organisation that supports victims, contribute something to society instead of taking from it.

Most of all, do not cash in for self-promotion and try to pass it off as 'dedicated to the memory'. I'm not going to link to the item that sparked this entry as it would be defeating the point I want to make.