Fast Company Discusses “Poverty Porn”: Is the Pity P.R. Mill Due to Be Replaced?

 

Source: Fast Company | NPQ would love to know what its readers think about this article from Fast Company, which suggests that the era distinguished by the use of images by humanitarian organizations to evoke pity for people who are poor, displaced, or victimized in order to raise money is grinding to a halt, to be replaced by images that create a sense of connection between human beings that are in many ways similar albeit living on different continents and in vastly different circumstances.

It is an interesting article in concept—is—and should—the “pity”-based concept of charity be replaced with something different that has more to do with supporting and sharing resources with fellow citizens of the planet?

All this is hardly a new notion, of course. The two videos used in the article to demonstrate the difference in approach are from an organization called mamahope.org, which has a “Stop the Pity” video series, two of which are below. Watch them, and please let us know what you think.

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