Saturday, April 22, 2017

College Fund Raising Via Politics

From the world of "You Can't Make This Stuff Up!" comes a rather strong request from the MIT Alumni Fund to send in money to defeat the current Administrations Plans! The person sending the request states, among other things:

From the Internet to infant formula to the touchscreen technology that allows you to access all the information in the world from a device that fits in your pocket, public funds have lent support to some of our greatest scientific advancements—but if the proposed federal budget comes to pass, that funding will be significantly cut. Institutions like MIT will be forced to rely even more on the generosity of donors like you to provide the resources necessary for true innovation and progress that benefit the world at large.  Please consider making a gift to MIT today, and together, we can keep marching both science and society forward.

But  what if I like the new Budget. I have no opinion but perhaps I could. Statistically perhaps 50% of Americans do. So what has this person done? Well she apparently told half the Alumni that they are wrong. Not a way to Fund raise. It is the old echo chamber effect. I and my friends think this way so everyone must! Ever look at a voting map?