Is "poverty porn" making a comeback?
That's the term that some people used back in the 1980s to describe attention-grabbing fundraising ads like the one below:
Back then, the media was filled with images of starving African children in desperate need of food, seemingly all alone in the world. And folks in the West were invited to save them from their misery.
This kind of appeal worked. The ad above, from the UK charity Disasters Emergency Committee for their East African Emergency campaign, brought in $23 million between 1980 to 1984 for famine relief in Ethiopia.