Inspiration or exploitation?
In researching a forthcoming post, I stumbled across this remarkable video about rural Kenyans who have gotten the rights from the corporation that owns the Simpsons to produce and sell handmade soapstone carvings of characters on the show. They receive $6 for each carving, which they use to support and educate their families. The spokesman from the group is very pleased about the work and the impact it has had on the community.
But then we find that the carvings can be sold in the
As an educated Westerner, objectively I have little to complain about compared to most people in the world. But when thinking about the trenchant problems people in the Global South face and will likely face for the rest of their lives, lately I’ve been dangerously short on optimism. It’s just so depressing. It’s easy to understand why often the first response to such widescale suffering is to pretend that these challenges don’t exist or that they’re primarily unsolvable and of people’s own making.
So it lifts me up to see people like videoreporter Ruud
Elmendorp, who made the piece I’ve embedded here, publicizing daily life in
Later update: Ok, hopefully it'll work now through YouTube. Embedding the clip through Typepad proved to be beyond my meager abilities.