At 4/20/12 05:08 PM, toxisfuckingdumb wrote:
i feel bad for people who had serious kickstarters. kickstarters like help fund my mother's surgery have been lost amidst a wave of if you give me $3000 i will build a lolcat out of legos xd
A lot of it has to do with fanbases and rewards. If some guy like Jim Q. Everyman makes that kickstarter to help fund his mother's surgery, who's his target demographic? While I'm sure we would all love to say that human kindness would allow him to get the money he needs, a more realistic response to his project would be the people who know him personally and can work their way around kickstarter to give him money and a few random odd people with good intentions. Plus, the rewards do play into it, on a selfish level. What would I get for sending 1000 dollars to his mother as opposed to 500? Is it worth the time?
WIth projects like this, Tom can talk to an audience of hundreds/thousands of people that would be willing to support something like this. Plus, there are actual rewards that are worth something here (The commission of one minute of animation is fucking sweet).
So, I guess long story short, it makes sense that stupid projects overtake the more serious ones. As much as that website aims to help all people, there are some projects that are just more attractive to donators and they aren't always the more serious ones.