In a previous article I explained an interesting thing that was going on with a web site called helpmybabylive.com.
Well, it seems it was all an elaborated prank. One of bad taste at least for me but an interesting one. With this type of web sites you can see in real time what the Internet can do. It also shows the risks involved in gathering of the information on the Net.
According to this web site “an anonymous couple” was pledging to abort their baby if they were not able to raise at least US $50,000. At the time I wrote that article they claimed that they have already gathered $10,200 in donations. Then, after a while that amount climbed to 13000. That was the last time I check it up. They also said after some time that Paypal has shut their account (where they supposedly were receiving donations) and that they were working on selecting an alternative payment processor.
They also had a section where they published all emails received in regard to their proposition. You could see there a lot of the hate mail sent and the differences of opinion among people wit and without a pro-life or pro-choice orientation. One of the recurrent themes in those emails was the claim that this web site was a scam, which could have been if actual money was involved.
Today, I checked helpmybaby.com. The following message appears there “LOOK AT WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. There was never a baby, you got fooled, no money was collected. 200,000 people got pranked. Suck it. tell us what you thought” The message is embedded in some really disturbing pictures of a baby with blood all over his (or her) body and some pictures of biological material such as placenta, blood and different types of biological tissues.
As you can see from this statement, the Web site claim that it was a prank, that no baby was involved, and no money was ever collected. They do not elaborate on the reasons why they put up with this elaborated scheme. Different interpretations are possible here.
Maybe it is somebody trying to raise his voice in regard to the economic implications of having a child. Maybe is somebody trying to make a statement about the lack of solidarity when a couple needs help (and I mean money here). Maybe it is some pro-choice or pro-abortion fanatic trying to call the attention. Or maybe, it was just some people who had nothing to do with their time and decided to fool some good people out there using one of the most powerful communication tools that exists today: the Internet.
Whatever the reason this guy (or girl) or group of people involved in this elaborated prank had there is one thing that we can have from this an that is the immense communicational tool that the Internet is. The possibilities to get a message on a worldwide basis is incredible.
Rafael B. Couple has raised $10200 to avoid aborting their baby. They want $50,000. Associated Content. URL: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/293438/couple_has_already_raised_10200_to.html