oh fuck off
Did they set the goal to $10 so they would get the money no matter what
Is this what happened
hahahah oh jesus christ
this is literally a kickstarter for them to…make a podcast? an endeavor which is virtually free??????
personally i am just interested to hear what a $17,000 podcast sounds like
People asking for money for something they think people want and then the people wanting that thing giving the money to the people asking for it and a third group of people getting real mad: part 2.
Also you don’t wish a podcast and then it happens goddamnit! Even if hosting costs were free (it costs this american life hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in hosting costs alone ira glass tells me every now and then) it takes effort to make a podcast, and if you’re putting effort into a thing you are well within your rights to charge money for other people to benefit from that effort.
And they’re not even charging money! The goal was $10! They’re like “hey, we want to make a podcast, do you want to support us” and everyone’s like “yes, we do” and then after the guaranteed successful kickstarter they’re releasing these podcasts as pay-what-you-want.
Like this isn’t even “ughhh people are funding such a dumb, shit thing”; the PA guys have a proven track record of entertaining content. Their D&D podcast series was fantastic. This picture is “look at this business having some success”.
I do not know what you all are finding objectionable about this beyond a maximum level of sour grapes.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I was going to write a blog post about it but Tom just wrote it for me. I think part of the anger comes from this weird idea that Kickstarter is like this precious resource for indie artists - which is a false premise.
Big companies using Kickstarter hurts indies about as much as it hurts free range eggs to be sold in the same store that sells baseball cards. Different folks are gonna buy different things.
Crowd funding is the model of the future and hearing people vaguely complain every time it’s used effectively is already getting tiring.
(Also yeah the Penny Arcade podcast was great.)