Yeah, yeah, I’m sorry, another post on your dashboard about this whole DashCon thing.
I have no investment in DashCon. I have no opinion on DashCon. But yo, can we stop with the responses along this vein? Can we stop this tendency to be like, “You used money on [a thing]? But there are [insert names of charities, worthy causes, etc.] to donate to!”
This is a really troubling attitude not just in this situation, but in the world at large. It really, really bothers me that some people might look at something I buy — a pair of shoes, for instance, when I already have a pair of shoes I *could* wear — and say, “What the fuck are you doing, not giving that shoe-money to charity? You selfish, mis-prioritizing person.”
17 thousand dollars given to DashCon? Guys, first of all, let’s zoom out a bit. Last year, 335 billion dollars were given to charity (in the US alone!!). I might understand if this was, like, a million dollars, but this? This isn’t even a fraction of a fraction of a drop in a bucket. On top of that, Tumblr has given thousands and thousands of dollars to things you might find ‘worthy.’ (This is the one that comes to mind, weirdly, although I see more-charity-related posts on my dash like every other week.)
The lists and lists of things people are posting “that you could do” with 17 thousand dollars? Why the heck are those lists happening? I didn’t see any of those sorts of posts in the wake of people Kickstarting some dude’s $50,000 potato salad.
Every single one of us COULD donate our savings to charity right the fuck now. But you could also spend, say, $75 to treat yourself and a friend to a nice dinner. You could spend $100 on upgrading your phone. Nobody is subjecting your priorities to public scrutiny, and I think it is just so shitty that people are subjecting the people at this con to umbrella condemnation.
Here’s a much more personal essay that explains more vividly why this seemingly charitable attitude is utterly misguided and misplaced.
okay but the difference is that the charitable donations given by the us can range from anywhere to funds for a school dance to thousands of dollars towards national public radio. chances are, the people on tumblr asking for money aren’t affiliated with a huge organization. many of them are asking for financial aid to be able to feed everyone in their family or to save a rescue dog or to pay for surgery for whatever reason. it’s not that we want everyone to give everything they have, but if you’re going to give, maybe reconsider what’s more important- the chance for fandoms to piss over British cheekbone aldnslsdkadjs in the flesh, or the actual survival of someone on this website.