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Subject:  Re: Why do we dislike so much? Date:  8/6/2002  6:08 PM
Author:  reverbbrad Number:  135764 of 312161

Ok, should have put it another way. Why should ANYONE BUT HER pay for her Prada shoes and Gucci sunglasses?

I suppose you can look at her site and attempt to raise money one of two ways:

1) Electronic panhandling as a shortcut to real responsibility.
I can see why people would dislike this, and get frustrated with the concept. I don't really begrudge anyone this opinion.

2) Information/Entertainment.
She is putting her life out there, to be scrutinized by strangers. She is keeping her journal, presenting suggestions, and, in essence, creating a 'show'. She is doing this to raise money.

In this case, there is a pretty fine line between the two. She is just asking for money. If it were a one-page site, though, I doubt it would get her very far. I think that the extra stuff she does makes it interesting and adds some entertainment value, which makes it something more than just begging. If it wasn't at least interesting, there wouldn't be so many folks talking about it.

In essence, I think she is roughly analogous to folks that play music in the metro. It isn't exactly panhandling, but some folks may see it that way. When I like the music, I spare some change.

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