Tuesday, April 1, 2008

If I have not charity

A couple of charity-related items popped up in my feeds today.

While Britney Spears' life continues to be a bizarre El Lay soap opera, Shawn Zehnder Lea notes that Justin Timberlake is promoting music in Memphis:

Justin Timberlake has made two separate donations of $100,000 each to the Memphis Rock 'n Soul Museum and the Memphis Music Foundation.

Meanwhile, there's a charity that hasn't raised $200,000 just yet, but it is making news in the Washington Post and in other places. Connie Reece, writing in Media Bullseye, has provided an update on the Frozen Pea Fund's activities and organization. But this bit of trivia caught my eye, when Reece talked about the Fund's directors (Reece, Bill Reynolds, Susan Reynolds, and Cathleen Rittereiser):

On Saturday, April 5, Scott Monty of Crayon will present a check to all four directors of the Fund. It will be the first time we have all met in person.

P.S. Reconstructed Jesus freaks who paid attention to the title will want to go here.

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Connie Reece said...

I'm glad that final sentence caught your eye. One of the things that is notable about the Frozen Pea Fund is that it started online, through social networking. Bill and Susan and I finally met on the day we incorporated, and this weekend we get to meet Cathleen in person. A special occasion indeed!

Ontario Emperor said...

One thing that was going through my mind yesterday was that this phenomenon is not unique to the 21st century, or to social networking. Even during the American Revolutionary period in the 18th century (or, if you like, during the Pauline period of the 1st century), much was accomplished via correspondence without personally meeting people.

But what social networking DOES accomplish is to ease this process. The people who were corresponding in the 18th century were the elites of the period. Paul's audience in the first century was people to whom he either had a direct physical connection (e.g., he started the church in the city), or at most a second-level connection (i.e. he knew the people who started the church in the city).

If it had been the 18th century, would an artist in Virginia have necessarily made a connection with a financial expert in New York? Not likely. But it happened here.