Tracking How Everyone Doesn’t Get Crowdfunding

on Thursday, Apr. 25th

A lot of writers–some that I admire and some that I haven't encountered before–are weighing in on the Zack Braff Kickstarter.

Nearly everyone is getting it wrong. I'm just going to leave these links here, and periodically add to them, in preparation to go off on the topic.

See the links and some notes–not the full rebuttal, just some notes–after the jump.

-Sean O'Neal, Onion A.V. blows it: Zach Braff hopes you'll change his life by giving him $2 million to make a movie

-Diane Garrett, The Wrap tracks the Twitter reaction: Are Hollywood Millionaires Ruining Kickstarter? Let's Ask the Internet

-Alyssa Rosenberg, Think Progress brings up the equity angle: Hollywood's Kickstarter Craze Needs To Be Fair To Fans As Well As Filmmakers

Dig around in some of these posts and you'll see I've been out there, trying to bring our battle scarred perspective. Probably failing to, but someone has to do it.

I realized that one reason everyone gets this wrong is that crowdfunding is such a simple concept people want to make it more complex than it is.

The big takeaway: crowdfunding is robust enough of an idea that it can handle all kinds of projects from all kinds of people. It is a paradigm shift away from scarcity and towards abundance. Great Scott, but I sound like a hippie right there. Fine: I'm a hippie.

More anon.

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