All right, here’s the question: Is it wrong to use the desperation of others to further the popularity of The Strangelands?
I was sitting outside smoking and looking for bats (none out tonight, I don’t know why), and I started thinking about the people that beg for money here in Austin. They stand on the side of the road, and when you’re stuck in traffic, they wander by with signs that say stuff like, “Homeless with 3 CHILDREN, PLEASE HELP,” and “fallen on hard times. If you can’t give money, give a prayer,” and “Lost my job,” and “homeless with 2 CHILDREN, PLEASE HELP.”
So what I was thinking was, what if I printed up a big batch of cards that said something like, “Thank you for your help” on one side, and “www.thestrangelands.com” on the other. And then I give the homeless guy five bucks or whatever, and hand him a handful of the cards, maybe ask him to hand those out to everybody that gives him money. Or maybe just make some cards that pimp the site, and give the guy ten bucks to hand them out. I guess we’d need a counter on the website, though—otherwise he might just toss the cards into the gutter.
My question is, would that be wrong? Post your answers, if you feel like it, or just e-mail me your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org Because, frankly, I’m just wondering if it makes me a bad person to capitalize on the misfortune of others. At first, I figured, “Yeah, it does—easy answer.” But then I started thinking, “Heck, man, they’re standing around there all day, anyways—someone should get some good out of it.”
Whatever. I’m going to bed now.