chasing answers newsletter #2
Has Social Media Completely Desensitized Us?
“If we don’t end war, war will end us.” - H.G. Wells
Welcome Back! It’s week two of the chasing answers newsletter, and we’ve more than tripled the number of subscribers since last week. New Total - 13.
Just nine more weeks of tripling subscribers, and we’ll blow past Packy McCormick’s massive 110,000 subscriber base (assuming he doesn’t add any between now and then.) I’m counting on you guys for this. If you like what you read here, please share it with friends, family, co-workers, that salesperson who won’t quit messaging you on LinkedIn, and anyone else you think may find it interesting.
This week is part two of our focus on social media. In last week’s newsletter and essay, I talked about how, until recently, I had never used social media. I also highlighted some tools people could use to monitor and limit their social media use, as well as tools parents could use to monitor their child’s online activity.
This week, I question whether social media has desensitized us to real-life events. As you will read in the essay linked below, I believe the lines between what we see on social media and what is happening in real life can blur at times, causing us not to recognize or appreciate the seriousness of the events we see. In this essay, I will specifically be looking through the lens of the war in Ukraine.
Since we’ll be talking about the war in Ukraine, I want to highlight a few ways that people can donate to help those affected by the war. I know we’re over a month into this war, and you’ve already seen hundreds of lists like this, but people still need help and will continue to need support long after the war is officially over.
So here are three ways you can help those in Ukraine. Two of them specifically focus on helping children because I think we can all agree that the thought of having innocent children caught up in the middle of a war is beyond heartbreaking.
unicef USA - unicef will allow you to make a one-time donation or set up recurring monthly donations. The funds will be used to provide safe water, nutrition, health care, education, and protection to children in Ukraine as well children in other conflict zones.
Voices.org - Voices.org provides psychological and psychosocial support to children suffering from war. They offer multiple ways to donate, including PayPal, wire transfer, credit card, and even crypto.
World Central Kitchen - Chef José Andrés started World Central Kitchen, and they travel the world supplying food to those affected by humanitarian, climate, and community crises. They have been on the ground in Ukraine and Poland for over a month serving meals to those trying to escape to safety. You can make a one-time donation on their website or set up recurring monthly donations. They accept multiple forms of payment, including crypto and shares of stock.
If any of you have other organizations you would recommend, please leave their info in the comments.
Now, here is the link to part two of our social media series, Has Social Media Completely Desensitized Us?
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