Sunday, 3 July 2005

The fat lady hasn't cleared her throat yet


I suppose because this is a far more media-savvy time and because Liv8 is a political demonstration rather than a simple fundraiser it should be no surprise that the pressure is still on. Check out the letter from Geldof and co to the world leaders. continues!

A
nd on the way there is some fine stuff to see on the web! Sharon Cobb is a journo in Nashville and has suggested that this is
"Worldstock" while Samual Bilibit reflects on watching Live8 from the Philippines, itself a country heavily in debt. In Victoria, Australia Lauren talks about the failure of free to air TV companies in her neck of the woods to gain rights to show Live8 - two hours (including adverts) is all that was available outside pay-per-view. And Portension highlight a fantastic development which might promise great changes in the way shelter is delivered to refugees.

The photo is of Sir Bob and Birhan Woldu, a woman alive because of Live Aid. Let's not lose sight of what it's all about.

5 careful considerations:

ScaryCheri said...

"Let's not lose sight of what it's all about."

I keep having to tell myself that.
I have read through post after post on this, and really could have gone to the Philly event, but chose not to.
It's hard for a lot of people (myself included at times) to look beyond the $1500 goodie bags the celebs were given who attended the charitable event, and I've read a few blogs bashing and smashing the whole deal. Saying that the celebs who are involved are hypocrites...because their all millionaires.

*sigh*

It's a greater good, and I feel that those who have the ability to plaster their face all over a giant show and raise money by doing so deserve props for using their fame to help in such a huge way.

I have not given one single cent to the cause, all I've done is placed a tiny banner of support on my blog. So I am in no position to judge any participants in any way Even to scoff at the goodie bags is real hypocrocy on my part.

I don't watch TV and hardly listen to the radio, so this blogg has been the only way for me to follow the event.

Thank's for taking the time and effort Nog! You've done a bang up job at delivering the blow by blow.
Out of all the entries/blogs I've read about Live8 yours has been the only one to hold my interest, and let me stop my life for a second to see whats happening in the world outside of my bubble. :)

Nogbad said...

Wow Scary, thanks! I agree about the goodie bags, it's obscene, but if some overpaid ar*eholes will only drag their sorry ar*es out to do some good if they get a freebie too then it says more about them than it does about us. And I've not heard mention of them being given anywhere but Philly and I think the value was $15,000 rather than $1,500 :-(

Some of the crap I've seen written beggars belief - including someone in Texas suggesting that starvation in Africa was simply "survival of the fittest" and that they shouldn't be getting "Uncle Sam's Dollar".

Pop out of your bubble a bit more though - it's a big, horrible, fantastic place out here :-)

ScaryCheri said...

well, I do a fair deal of bubble popping. I've been on hiatus for a while and haven't done much good for the world lately, but I have my moments and have made changes that make me feel good :)

This particular event has had me a bit baffled though. I didn't hear about it locally until the day before, and that was from my mom telling me "there's some kind of concert in Philly tomorrow you might want to check out".

I think the advertising was spread way too thin for such a huge event.

I've been searching news sites for a good part of the morning looking for info on Live8 and I'm shocked at how little there is to find.

Rob Spence said...

At this end it was a huge event. The BBC coverage at http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/thelive8event/ is the place to start

Nogbad said...

And The Observer (a quality Sunday newpaper here in the UK) has a great piece of background on how the show was brought to fruition at very short notice - that might explain the poor advertising.