Something I think is similar is the new Radiohead film clip done in conjunction with MTV's exit campaign. A great clip and again a great cause but I'd rather hear that all MTV Merchandise or Radiohead Merchandise will be sweat shop free. If they are it doesn't mention it on their respective websites.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Make White Bands History
I stopped wearing my Make Poverty History wrist band some time ago. It's not that I don't believe in the cause it's just I'm not sure how helpful it is to wear a fashion accessory is. In a recent Counterpoint interview Sarah Moore (Ribbon Culture: Charity,Compassion and Public Awareness) talked about someone who had a gold Make Poverty History wrist band and did not see the irony in it at all. She suggests that it's more about identifying yourself with for a cause rather than raising awareness. Instead I've taken one of my old bands turned it inside out and written Make Affluence History on it with permanent marker instead. It was an idea I got from the Make Affluence History site. I think there is a connection between one persons poverty and another persons affluence and for me this band makes that explicit. Most people smile politely and agree with the "Make Poverty History" sentiment. I'm keen to see what kind of reaction I get to this wrist band.