Why I Won't Do The "Ice Bucket Challenge"

5:41 PM

DISCLAIMER: If you've participated in this challenge no offense to you. This is just my personal opinion.

This summer I've seen many of my friends and favorite celebs doing the "ALS ice bucket challenge". You might have heard of this "challenge". If you haven't let me fill you in...The ice bucket challenge is to help raise awareness for ALS (a progressive neurodegenerative disease). The rules are as follows, if you are nominated you dump cold water on your head or donate $100 dollars to the ALS foundation. 
(Now I did a little research...supposedly the original rules were that if you were nominated you had to donate $10 and dump water on your noggin or donate $100 if you chickened out.)

Here's my problem with this challenge... Just about all the people that I've seen do this challenge have done it to avoid donating the $100! How does avoiding the donation help the cause? I'm confused. If you really are concerned for people with ALS or anyone else please donate money to these foundations whenever possible! These charities need money to help find cures and to make the people that have the diseases more comfortable. Why do you have to be nominated to make a difference? 

A new word that I learned today is "slacktivism", which surprisingly is in fact a real word.

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism or slackervism) is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it take satisfaction from the feeling they have contributed. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist. The underlying assumption being promoted by the term is that these low cost efforts substitute for more substantive actions rather than supplementing them, although this assumption has not been borne out by research. -Wikipedia

I refuse to be a "slacktivist" which also means I refuse to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I'm interested, what are your thoughts on the challenge?


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