Ok so I read this here article earlier about how Gizmodo is SO OVER Kickstarter which linked to this Gawker article that was also about how terrible Kickstarter is. And then I started thinking about Kickstarter. And I think we should talk about Kickstarter for a minute. Cuz what else have we got to do?
Anyway I MOSTLY agree with these articles that basically say man, ###### Kickstarter. It's a good idea ruined by a million terrible projects. I remember years ago when a few people were first experimenting with crowd funding and it occurred to me one could possibly finance a low budget motion picture in this way. Why not put the script online, show everyone what you're doing every step of the way and let them pre-order the DVD for $20 before you shoot? And then everyone on Earth started doing this with whatever dumb idea they had and I now my eyes glaze over as I scroll past a million recommended Kickstarters every day on twitter. I had never even thought about the fact that so many either don't pan out or are just outright frauds. But then I've only ever funded one project, for a gallery and performance space I frequent to move into a larger space. The directors are friends of mine, they do good work and it'll be good for the street they're moving to. They have a lot of support beyond Kickstarter and I expect it to happen, and even if not it's basically like donating to PBS, I don't mind supporting what they're doing.
These articles are mostly about failed gadget-based projects, but the thing they don't address is that I think it's still a great platform for art. Sure that "anime" about battling Satan's army or whatever sounds terrible, but that's up to the people who fund it to decide. The problem is when people don't follow through. But for small projects, and established artists trying to do something new? I think it's a great way to finance a record or a comic book or something. And it's effectively no different from producing something based on preorders, just a different platform.
You know what, I don't even know where I'm going with this, other than that Kickstarted is kinda great but also really stupid and I wanted to complain about it. Does anyone have any experience on either side of it?