...Valleywag style. ValleyWag is a silicon valley self referential blog about silicon valley self referential-ness. Or, in its words, a tech gossip rag. Here's a recent post on 10 ways to save the world.
I won't copy the whole post but let me say this, all 10 involve web/Internet sites, the post is introduced by a paragraph that includes the phrase "take a minute and save the world," and the overall tone of the collection and the post is to say, "do good, but don't knock yourself out."
Here are the 10 recommended sites:
10. World Community Grid:
9. The Hunger Site:
6. Trickle Up:
4. Distributed Proofreading:
2. Your blog: Write an entry about the sites above and encourage others to take action. Or promote world-saving sites through Digg, Twitter, Reddit, Delicious, or a pay-it-forward site called Six Degrees.
1. The Mars Society:
So, here's the thing. I'm all for getting folks involved and making it easy to do so. But the message that you, or I, can just go on doing what we're doing and with the least possible effort make a difference on major world problems, is wrong. Its just not true. So - good for these sites and good for these activists, but enough with the simplistic lies about what it takes to make something happen. C'mon, get up and do something different. That might actually make a difference.