MetaMonkey: It warms the cockles of my heart that as the world as we know it slowly collapses in on itself there are still people with surplus hate to spew venom on a guy going around the world doing a funny dance showing that people are basically the same and then making a funny slightly awkward presentation about the people who dont get it and even after being told how they dont get it they dont care and dont get it even more energetically. 2009 is going to be fun.
Fixed that for you.
I always thought his video a little tedious, but not especially offensive or annoying -- but I'm lost as to why anyone would find this somehow admirable. It clearly touched a chord with people, for whatever reason. My guess is that it's because getting your warm fuzzies by watching a goofy video of some US tourist as he hob-nobs for ten minutes with the underprivileged makes some people feel like we're all one big family of man, without actually having to support any kind of political action or make any sacrifices to ensure some sort of genuine social and economic equality.
And that's fine, if that's what floats your boat, I'm not knocking that. It's kinda banal, but most entertainment is apolitical and banal. That's OK.
But admirable? I just don't see it, I'm afraid. Going to those places and giving up your time and energy to build something of value is admirable. This is just the 21st century equivalent of the 19th century Grand Tour, in which the wealthy tour the globe, capturing their special Kodak moments.
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