A strange thing happened in the Blogosphere yesterday. Following the Blog Herald’s questioning of Star Wars Kid video promoter Andy Baio and associate Jish Mukerji’s fundraising activities for the Star Wars Kid, Jish Mukerji’s blog has indicated an end to the campaign.
Mr Mukerji’s blog also indicated full disclosure of all funds raised and how they are to be spent will be available shortly.
The Blog Herald welcomes the steps taken to provide full accountability by Mr Mukerji.
Some will say that this was always planned, as indicated on the site. The Blog Herald has saved copies of both sites prior to our article being published and NEITHER indicate any intent to close donations.
The Blog Herald has received a number of comment s and even more email correspondence on topic, many critical of the Blog Heralds stance on this matter.
Again we ask, if somebody came knocking on your door with no id and asked you to give to charity would you do so?
Whilst the internet has been described by some as the Wild West, it is important that there a minimum standards of transparency and accountability when the public is asked to hand over their hard earned money by unknowns on a blog.
And in the case of Andy Baio, from the chief promoter of the Star War Kid video phenomenon, it is like the bank robber asking for charity for the bank.
At the time of writing there if nothing on Mr Baio’s site indicating the same disclosure at Mr Mukerji’s, no indication that fundraising is over, and still the same links to the video.
The Blog Herald awaits the disclosure information with interest and hopes that the right thing will be done by all.