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  • by ziggy (25) on 2005.07.04 22:41 (#41610) Journal
    Am I the only one who thinks the idea behind Live 8 (i.e. to put pressure on those at the G8 summit) is complete rubbish?
    Nope. You're certainly not the only one. If Live 8 was supposed to be some kind of Live Aid revisited, it was a miserable sequel.

    With Live Aid, it followed nearly a year's worth of pleas to help the starving in Ethiopia, and two songs with incessant airplay. From the man-on-the-street interviews I've heard this week, people generally (a) don't know a G8 from a B9, (b) don't know what, when, where, or why there's a G8 summit, (c) don't know what the agenda is behind Live 8, and (d) if they've even heard about debt relief, are generally behind it (What, it's not about magic forgiveness of Visa bills and student loans? What Gives?)

    On top of it all, the whole thing was hastily organized in, what, one month? The only kind of public opinion that can change in that kind of time generally goes from Star Wars is going to be the greatest movie of the summer to Dammit, I want my $9 back, Lucas!

    So how are the spinsters trying to play this? It'll be a huge win if 15% of the people who attend sign an online petition for debt forgiveness and more aid for Africa...

    Sounds like a job for Dr. Pudge. Just put a few Red Sox on the petition, and there'll be millions of signatures in no time. ;-)