Episode
August 27, 2014

ALS #IceBucketChallenge drenches social media

The viral campaign has raised millions for the rare disease, but critics say the challenge is just another form of slacktivism.
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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a worldwide Internet trend with people filming themselves getting drenched in ice water while challenging others to donate money or do the same. It’s a fundraising campaign that’s been credited with raising close to $88 million to combat ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. But not everyone is feeling the hype. Critics say it’s another example of slacktivism, where people take part in a trend without understanding or doing much for the cause. We discuss at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Julie Dixon @jdldixon
Deputy Director, Center for Social Impact Communication
csic.georgetown.edu

William MacAskill @willmacaskill
Moral philosopher
givingwhatwecan.org

Jacqueline Herrera @JacquelineLALA
Co-founder, Kite Child
kitechild.org

Gerard Hayden @ghayden64
ALS patient 
northforktableandinn.com

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