Law Professor David Yamada writes in his Minding the Workplace blog about individual crowdfunding campaigns to meet unexpected and dire financial needs: "Welcome to today's privatized, casino-style form of 'public' assistance. As the bottom continues to fall out of America's middle class, and our safety net increasingly shows its holes, we're going to see more and more crowdfunding campaigns on behalf of those who are trying to make ends meet. ...Perhaps this is a logical, unsurprising result of a society that has bought into the notion that the 'free market' is a panacea and the solution to all of our problems. A reality TV show pitting those in need against each other cannot be far off."