Day 15 – Bit Discouraged…
Maybe I need to step back and rethink…
Have I really offended anyone by doing this challenge? Who can I possibly offend by doing this?
These are the questions I should have asked myself before I had proposed this challenge. There have been actually few concerns from people outside.
“There are plenty of people who *don’t* have a choice. They have to eat really really cheap food just to get by. It really annoys me, people “playing poor” so they can show how much better they can can do poverty than people who actually live in poverty. Then they blog about it, get a book deal and pat themselves on the back for their job well done. When you don’t have a safety net and the consequences actually matter, then get back to me. Until then? Pfft to you and your cute little project.”
This was done very recently by a couple who did a cutsey blog chronicling the whopping thirty days during which they spent a dollar a day on food. I was astounded by how much media attention they got for doing something that billions of people do without any choice and without a deadline allowing them to return to spending $30 a day.
Personally, it strikes me as an affront to those suffering from actual poverty and hunger that you would willingly starve yourself for a viral marketing campaign (especially one with such seemingly limited reach). Isn’t this sort of like Jared going to Subway before losing the weight, and wanting to get paid for it?
There are plenty of excuses I could make and plenty of counter arguments that I could bring up, but I would like to just to start by apologizing first if I have offended anyone during the campaign. They all have good points and I understand where they are coming from.
I’m going to recap this campaign at the end of the 20th day and have a blog post about what I have learned. Besides the viral marketing which was the real reason behind this campaign, I also wonder what positive influence this challenge have in my life.
Yeah.. I am bit discouraged… but I need to finish what I have started. I need to go back to the kitchen and take some more pictures.