14 3 / 2013

The Atlantic Wire (which has said some truly nice things about Nerdfighteria) just published a nasty set of words on the proposed skeezyiness of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and because I cannot help myself, I would like to talk about that. 

The proposal (if you don’t want to read the full article) is that it is gross for rich people to ask for money to produce a movie that will only make more money for the rich people and the studio that didn’t want to fund it in the first place. 

I would like to propose that a bunch of people coming together to make something cool exist does not have to be charity. Yes, I think that we need to spend money to decrease suck without expecting anything in return. But I also think it’s fine to spend money increasing awesome without expecting anything in return. 

Richard Lawson’s proposition that these funds would be better put to use for charity also goes for all funds that anyone spends on anything besides charity (and food and water and shelter.)

The idea that asking people to be a part of creating something requires some kind of kickback is dumb. It’s capitalism as values instead of capitalism as economics. I have no interest in having capitalism decide what is right and wrong and I don’t think many proper people would disagree with me. 

John and I have avoided using Kickstarter for a long time. We generally have enough money to do the things that we want to do without relying on funding from our community. So we focus on raising money during the P4A every year. That may change (fairly soon) and while I know I’m no Kristen Bell, I am very successful, and so I consider carefully when I ask and how I ask. I do not want anyone to buy my things or fund my projects if it is going to make them less financially secure. 

But there are LOTS of people who have plenty of money. And there are lots of people (like me) for whom being a part of the creation of something they love is extremely valuable. If you don’t /get/ that, then I understand, but don’t be a dick about it.

Now there’s also interesting stuff to say about the difference between a Kickstarter supported by a great idea and a Kickstarter supported by a great, existing community, but that’s not a new conversation. Existing communities have always had the upper hand, but they’ve also been very good at delivering the goods and creating real value for their backers, so I don’t see what the problem is.

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