"i think this is sad: in a weird new twists of fate, the old guard of “celebrity” artists like her are now being attacked for using a platform that should be reserved for starving musicians only?"—Amanda Palmer on nerdrage directed at Björk.

16 Responses to “Amanda Palmer on Björk's failed Kickstarter to port Biophilia to Android/Windows 8”

  1. spacemunky says:

    What we really need is a Kickstarter to buy Amanda a shift key.

  2. lafave says:

    “here’s what i think: THE MARKET IS EFFICIENT.”

    Hell – even Posner has backed away from that position.

    And the reaction of the critics (nerdrage) belies the efficiency hypothesis.

  3. DocPop says:

    The weird capitalization thing in Amanda’s post made that super hard to read. No caps here, all caps there..

    She’s right, obviously, anyone has the right to do a Kickstarter project, but she’s just picking a few bad comments to illustrate her point. I really don’t believe that most folks were angry to see a pseudo-celebrity trying to crowdfund a project. The project probably collapsed because it was asking an exuberant amount of cash without really communicating what that was all for. I think if anyone were to put up a $600,000 project which was mostly to move their software from one platform to another, with extremely vague talk about a charity for kids, we’d all be saying “WTF?”. Most folks I had heard from were excited to see Björk trying out crowdfunding, but $600,000….

    that’s one pricey pjört!

  4. chaopoiesis says:

    The upside of the Occupy Wall Street movement (and its introduction of “the 1%” into the common lexicon) is we got Obama for a second term and a Democrat senate to boot. This is good.

    The downside has been a notably heightened antipathy towards the wealthier members of society (or even just the comparatively successful ones), even when they’re attempting positive contributions to society (including charitable contributions). This is not good, as a whole lot of cultural infrastructure which we all enjoy today originated from deep-pockets charity.

    • ZikZak says:

      She was not contributing to a charity.  She was asking other people to give her money, some of which she would then give to charity.  Somehow I doubt that she was going to be doing the Android porting either, she was going to give another bit of the money to someone else to do that for her.

      If this was really about porting Biophilia, and not just cashing in, why not crowdsource the porting effort directly?  I  bet there’s some people out there who would do awesome stuff with it if it was free software and creative commons media.

    • C W says:

      “The downside has been a notably heightened antipathy towards the wealthier members of society (or even just the comparatively successful ones), even when they’re attempting positive contributions to society (including charitable contributions). This is not good, as a whole lot of cultural infrastructure which we all enjoy today originated from deep-pockets charity.”

      I can see why you support the Democratic party over progressive interests.

    • Cowicide says:

      I think it’s a bit of a stretch to blame the Occupy Wall Street movement on her failed Kickstarter bid.  Maybe there just wasn’t enough interest in the project?

      From this article: (emphasis mine)
      Veteran developer Peter Molyneux experienced these kinds of grumbles within the games industry, for example, with his Project Godus campaign, although that was successful in surpassing its £450k goal.

    • lafave says:

      Obama is a servant of the 1% – see the lack of prosecutions on Wall Street, as but an example (or many many examples). 

  5. GawainLavers says:

    I think we’re confusing noise for signal.  I’m guessing the failure has more to do with a virtually non-intersecting Venn diagram of old people who know who Bjork is and young people who know what Kickstarter is.

  6. TheMudshark says:

    I agree with Amanda Palmer that everyone has the right to ask for money. I also agree with everyone who would stab themselves in the throat with a rusty cucumber before giving their money to rich people to fund overpriced projects.

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