An email I was sent today:
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From: Affluence.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 7:21 AM
Subject: You have received an invitation to join Affluence.org.
You have been invited to by ******* to join Affluence.org. Affluence.org is an exclusive community of affluent people dedicated to making life better for both themselves and others.
As a member of Affluence.org you will have the ability to find and interact with other affluent people from around the world, evaluate and contribute to your favorite charities, and gain access to exclusive lifestyle guides to luxury living, travel and the latest trends. Within this elite community you will be provided with access to a dedicated Affluence Concierge, receive priority access to the world’s most exclusive premieres, nightclubs, parties, hotels, events and much more.
To accept the invitation to our exclusive network, please follow the link below.
I see that they mean well (on some level), but it unsettles me in the same way as that Secret Millionaire reality show coming from the UK to the US via Fox. You tell me: Can we move beyond the mental models of patronage and recipients, charity and charitized?
Of course, maybe I’m bristling at the concept since I’m plainly not in the intended Affluence.org social networking demagraphic. : )
Nonetheless, if you’re reading this blog, chances are you have more than you think. Hopefully we’ll continue to find ways to put our heads and hearts together to make something of our collective situation.