There was once a day where every person was required to work hard to earn their money.
It was a long ago, distant time known as … anytime before 2014.
Because of Kickstarter, an online crowd funding site that allows users to solicit donations from people to support their creative projects, people can now receive tens of thousands dollars simply by asking for it.
Obviously it’s not a scam. The site has existed for five years and if there was any illegality involved it wouldn’t have made it this far.
And the sketchier your request, the less likely you will be to receive donations. Filmmaker Zach Braff, not wanting to rely on a major studio to take creative control of his new movie, Wish I Was Here, raised $2 million in three days last year.
Of course, Zach Braff has the credibility and career track record so that people knew exactly what they were donating for.
People can do whatever they want with their money. If they want to spend a night at a casino and throw away their hard-earned cash, then I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to contribute to project they fully believe in.
My one beef is that if you contribute money to a movie, whether it be $10 or $10,000, you should get credit for it. Just like how shareholders are purchasing a part of ownership of a company, anyone who gives money to fund a movie should be a producer.
For Braff’s film, there were more than 46,000 people who donated money. That would a heck of a list to include in the closing credits, but in my eyes, they deserve the recognition. The project wouldn’t have been made if it wasn’t for them, and that should make you a producer in some capacity.
Although, if Zach is a standup guy, I’m sure he’ll offer some type of acknowledgement in the closing credits. But that’s not the point.
Either way, Kickstarter is a very polarizing enterprise. It’s revolutionized the ways we can earn money, and obviously the bigger name you have, the more likely you are to actually reach your goals. If I were to start a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, for example, to fund some elaborate project I wanted to pursue, then I would probably not make any money because no one knows who the hell I am.
A Kickstarter account to fund the simple creation of potato salad has raised $30,000 in just a few days. The goal of the creator was to raise $10.
And I find this awesome.
You can mock people for donating to such a silly cause, but I think it’s kind of shedding some light in a fun way as to how absurd the idea of Kickstarter really is, in its most basic sense. We’re just throwing money at somebody because they say they’re going to do something with it. And with everybody in the world who has money and a computer being a potential donor, insane amounts of money can be raised instantly.
And this time it’s for potato salad.
The point I’m trying to make is that Kickstarter relies on the whole notion that people could do whatever they want with their money. So if you’re going to commend someone for spending it on a worthwhile creative project, then you can’t criticize them for spending it on something one might deem as trivial.
But, then again, anyone who’s ever had a quality bowl of potato salad would agree there’s not much more things worthwhile than that.