Friday, February 20, 2009

Pimp this Bum dot com


Has anyone ever heard of "viral marketing"? I got a call from my pastor today about his first hand experience with it. Please go over there and tell him what you think. I know what I think, but I'm keeping my mouth shut for now, which is no small accomplishment, to be sure.


Here's the link: Marketing Homelessness

What I would really like to do is to draw attention to this issue. I would very much appreciate it you would consider writing a post about this on your blogs as well.

Peace out.

12 comments:

Helen said...

Katdish, I went to and read Jeff's post. I don't really have a coherent comment yet.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

I left a comment. It makes me very sad.

♥ Kathy said...

I left a comment there too. It's not nice to me. :(

Annie K said...

Ridiculous. (That's the nicest thing I can think to say - but I left my comment for Jeff).

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Ugh. I left my comment for Jeff, too.

katdish said...

Thank you all so much. I have thought of little else since I spoke to Jeff earlier today and read the post and website. I don't know if it's the personal connection, the dehumanazing aspect of the concept, or a combination.

I am equally outraged and sad. And I suppose what is most discouraging, what breaks my heart about all of this is that the world seems infinately more attractive than the Body of Christ.

Annie K said...

Why don't we email that website telling them what we think.

katdish said...

Thanks, Annie. I've already done that. I think they're fairly immune to criticism because they obviously have convinced themselves that this is a good thing. But I would encourage everyone to do it anyway. One of the guys actualy commented on Jeff's blog.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

I noticed Pete Wilson tweeted this post (LOL - not OURS, but Jeff's) this morning. I hope he makes a comment. Would love to see what he has to say.

I'm finding it hard to dignify the site with another visit. Like a naughty child, is negative attention is better than none at all?

Beth said...

You know this upsets me. I left a novel comment. But did anyone see Steph's latest comment. I think she's on to something. Makes me a little sicker. But if you don't have Jesus...no reason not to do this. I'm praying for these marketing guys, now...

Pete Wilson said...

Still processing. So many different angles to approach this one. Not sure I can add anything new.

katdish said...

Hey Pete!

Thanks so much for twittering the post. What drives me nuts is the nature of viral marketing. It matters not whether you approve of what they're doing, the hit counter doesn't know if you're for or against, just that you visited the site. For the record, I saw Tim this afternoon. I did not get a chance to talk to him, the guys take turns standing at the light, but he was there with his sign. I got emails from both principals of the firm, which I will most likely post on my blog. I think the father is way more uncomfortable with the approach, but not enough to stop doing it. You're right. There are so many angles to this story.