I sit here watching one of those “save the world and starving children” pitches. You know the ones; watching some child in the ruins of poverty, tears flowing down their face. As I’ve developed a deep and abiding cynicism of marketing of any stripe, these tend to annoy me (and I’m a liberal). Yet, yet I know the reason these tactics are used; it works. It’s what gets people off the couch and to the phone/web. I suppose I should embrace this, the effectiveness. However, I wish that we could become deeper, that we could be reached by the logic and compassion of the need. That we weren’t so numb. I guess I shall continue with that wish for some time to come.