Now that you "feed the world for one day and we'll all feel gooooood"ers have chimed into this "I'm more righteous than you because I'm not spending this money on producing a quality product that would sell a ton of video's, I'm turning out an inferior product instead, and giving the money I "saved" to pofolk. Ever wonder where she got the money to give away??
Lets look at reality for just a second: If she makes a simple (inferior) product, she sells maybe 10% to (if generous) maybe 15% of what a quality video with well structured songs and quality back-up would have made. Saying a good Video would sell an equivalent 1 mil copies, means that the feel good video would sell 100 k. with a gross income (at $13) of $1,300,000, and the quality one is $13,000,000. Both products have to pay for air time and shelf space and other advertising, packaging, distribution and so on to get any sales, so cost of production is the only savings of the inferior product. Lets say marketing costs are 70%, netting Ms Sarah Mac from the inferior product $910,000, and from the full blown production $9,100,000, Now she has choices...which brings us around the horn to why she has the choice of making an inferior product...she made a ton from some of her quality previous albums! But don't try to give me this BS about saving the world because she doesn't produce a quality product. She has ten times the ability to "feel good" if she produces the stuff that folks will buy.
Lets look at some of the things she suggests doing with the money...if you don't fix the political system and change the culture, it don't make a tinkers dam who many schools you build, wells you drill, or kids you feed. If you don't intend to stand guard over them forever, they will evaporate. Like peeing in the wind...on a certain level it still "feels good".
Our worst, most demoralizing example (for me) is the report the UN got from its own organization that is responsible for using the combined AIDS funding to help irradicate the disease in Africa...the report said that there is no effective way to use the funds until the fundamental ground rules change from the individual up. The cultures, the political entities from the bottom up did not want to change in a way that would significantly change the ravaging effects and spread of the disease. In other words, they don't want the help, don't know what good it would do, and don't want to know.
So what do you want to do, go over and beat them into taking their medicine, or let time run its course, or something in-between, that may make you "feel good" for the moment. All choices vary from impossible to dang tough.
Those that tilt at windmills will always to be admired, but without reality, they are nothing but a circus act with an agenda..."I'm better than you, because I'm pissing this money away, and you aren't". How many examples do we need to understand that money alone cannot sooth the conscience, but it can make you feel like you are.
Generally I like her music, but this BS have some very sour notes.
There are millions in Africa that are on the verge of starvation. 25 mil will die from AIDS. Some countries have 80% unemployment. They have no sewer or water systems, let alone power, roads, schools and hospitals. They have no government that is not corrupt. They've driven off most of the "nasty" large corporations that could help them PRODUCE something. Yep, they need help in every way, but this is like a band-aid on an elephant's ass.
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