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Lady Gaga to Quit Social Networking to Help Ailing Children

lady gagaLady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and several other celebs are getting rid of the things that their fans can't do without: their social media profiles.

About a dozen celebrities will abandon their Facebook and Twitter profiles on Wednesday (a.k.a. World AIDS Day), and remain offline until $1 million is raised for Keep a Child Alive, a charity that supports children living with HIV and AIDS in India and Africa. The whole thing is part of a campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice, which, in the words of KCA co-founder Leigh Blake, is supposed "to sort of make the remark: 'Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we're all from?'"

There are a couple obvious answers to Blake's question: that pretty/rich people are more interesting; and that familiarity, however superficial, trumps anonymity any day of the week. (A quick look at her name-heavy bio suggests that she knows those answers already.) But, the Us Weeklys and OKs of the world will just get their Kardashian tidbits from sources other than Facebook, and Gaga's little monsters will be able to go on without her. So, isn't this all just an early Christmas present to people who love to complain about celebrity tweets?

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