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April 16, 2010

Five Dollar Friday

There will be a website up soon devoted just to Five Dollar Friday, but in the meantime go here for an explanation and list of my own former recipients. Also check out #5DF on Twitter to see who else is donating to whom.

Today I'm giving money to I'd been intrigued and interested in Wikileaks since they started, and should have given them money long before now. I've been finally motivated to finally do it by their Iraq video, now watched over six million times on youtube:

I'd love to know who else is giving money and why, so please mention it on twitter or tell me in comments. For example, Tess Lynch explains here why she's donating to Mills Baker:

What does Mills do for the rest of us, who are all making content for a place (thing? Concept?) that didn't even really exist when I was a kid? He shows us that TL;DR shouldn't be a consideration when we have a lot to say and are willing to explain ourselves well. He's an example of a person who uses the web not for cats and bacon, which are dear to my heart and never to be discounted, but for creating essays that borrow from others and give meticulous credit, that reference the article or the author or the blogger that gave him a jumping-off point for an idea; he annotates and you click on a biography of Nabokov or Sarah Belfort's A++ Tumblr, and you end up spending a great deal of your evening following the breadcrumbs of Mills' thoughts. Isn't that what you'd like the internet to be like? What a wonderful present it can be, what great fodder for conversations you'd never had before, and how generous to share, so considerately, an idea that goes beyond himself and his own concerns. Mills has ideas, opinions, questions, and often they relate only tangentially to himself, which is of course the mark of a person who sees the world as endlessly amusing, befuddling, and beautiful.


—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at April 16, 2010 04:13 PM

Arthur Silber got mine.

Posted by: ethan at April 16, 2010 10:25 PM

@_bme gave $5 to Gunnerkrigg Court, and I slung 'em $5 as well.

Posted by: Mike of Angle at April 16, 2010 10:28 PM

Not exactly an example of "five dollar friday" but here is a clip from an episode of "The Simpsons" where the Stephen Hawking character advocates for the end of capitalism and for the formation of a society based on anarchist principles and even mentions Michael Albert's "Parecon" as an example.

No idea when this aired but really astounding that it made it on network tv.-Tony

Posted by: tony at April 17, 2010 10:29 AM

@ Tony:

"No idea when this aired but really astounding that it made it on network tv."

The mystery is solved here!
"The Insurrectionary People's Picture Show Theater"

Posted by: Rupa Shah at April 17, 2010 12:21 PM

Following your lead 5 Bucks to Wikileaks. Let me know when you launch your FDF page. I'll help with some spreading the link.

Posted by: Colorado Bob at April 17, 2010 06:11 PM

I loooove Wikileaks. Excellent call.

Posted by: Tess Lynch at April 18, 2010 03:28 AM