What are your thoughts on kickstarter & donation culture on social media?

Submitted by selver in AskRaddle (edited )

Left twitter always has a lot of people asking for money, from medical bills to rent. Whenever people's tweets blow up they link where to send them money under it. Have any thoughts on this? Is it a good form of mutual aid? Are there better ways it could be done? Is there a problem with monetizing social media like that?

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emma wrote

I think it's pretty disgusting that people are forced to beg on social media to afford basic necessities. Nothing against people doing it, they have no choice. I also have nothing against linking to good causes when a social media post goes viral.

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neverinNJ wrote

Seems to be getting some good things out of it. It meets the anarchist ideals of self-organizing and self-managing efforts,

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alex wrote

i’m fine with it.

can giving money (outside of the charity-complex) be considered mutual aid though? been thinking about that recently.

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selver OP wrote

Why wouldn't it be?

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alex wrote

i guess i was thinking maybe cause it’s money, so like one step removed from food or supplies, things like that. but now that i think about that it seems silly

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I'd like it more if the companies mediating it didn't get a cut, which I assume they all do.

It's a shame our lives are so mediated by social media that this phenomenon has developed as much as it has. It would be great if there was more sharing in person. Where I live that's still definitely more the norm, but I see a lot of this stuff based in Northern countries online.

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mofongo wrote

Liberapay doesn't take a cut, they survive by donations.

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kore wrote

i'm uncomfortable with the performance of it

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selver OP wrote

What are they performing, and why does it make you uncomfortable?

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kore wrote

they're performing a social good in front of everyone else, so they're gaining some sort of social capital. the people who don't donate don't. In terms of the people asking for donations, they're forced to perform publicly and ask for pity in a very public way.

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ziq wrote

Charity culture in general is one of the hardest things for me. Putting your hand out to the rich because the rich have taken everything. It disgusts me and crushes my spirit.

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Freux wrote (edited )

Donation culture is better than charity, people are getting money and can help themselves on their own accord over charity that are giving whatever they feel is what someone needs. Charity is also common for "forgot the words but that thing were giving money to charity is tax return" and rich people use it to "neutralise" what they would owe. Like everyone I'm disgusted by the need of such thing.

Kickstarters, I have mix feeling about them. It's nice to be able to finance a project but if the end result is lacking, you've been screwed. I like that companies can estimate the amount they need to produce instead of overproducing and having a huge overstock that get thrown away. I don't like that Kickstarter has become a pre-order service for companies but at the same time, established companies are less of a gambling risk on the final product.

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betterletter wrote

While its depressing that GoFundMe is now a leading American medical provider, I dont find it terrible as a form of mutual aid in the internet age

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Snowy wrote

I don't use Twitter.

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Mango wrote

One of many symptoms of this society, but if it helps people to survive, then it's not my problem. I however have problem with those who used those privilege for exploitative uses, such as media hysteria or spreading false info (looking at you, fash)

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