Guest blogger Anthony Guidetti writes:
When you’re a kid or a teenager and you want something, the responsible parent will tell you to save up your money and get a job. This method teaches kids the value of a dollar and not to just spend money the instant it’s acquired. It teaches a kid responsibility. It’s hoped that, when the kid grows up into an adult, they will take that responsibility with them and they will put their paycheck in the bank and only spend on necessities. And when they want something that is costly, they will be able to purchase it because they learned how to be wise with cash, not because someone just handed them money for nothing.
But with kids and teenagers these days moving their entertainment choices from the television to the Internet, it introduces a variety of content with a variety of people. Not only are these people able to produce content without a high budget, but they can do it easily with sites like YouTube and Blip.TV, and gain a huge following with big revenue from advertising.
Some of these people use their power for good. They realize that they have a lot of people who crave their content and they don’t want to let their fans down. They save up the money they receive and place it into making the content better. The only time they ask for money is for donating to a good cause like a charity.
Unfortunately, many content creators use their power for evil. They, too, realize that they have many followers who are die-hard fans and they’re not afraid to manipulate them. They produce rushed content because they know fans will still come in huge numbers and they can make huge profit. But that’s not enough for them, so they create donation runs on websites like Kickstarter, and ask for outrageous amounts of money because they know people will donate to them. And this is very wrong.
This teaches kids and teenagers that they don’t have to work for what they want in life. Just as long as they can become famous, they can be rich. Already, too many think that as long as they make videos on YouTube or Blip, they can just gain followers, but few realize how difficult it is. It also teaches kids that if they support something, they must show it in cash. Kickstarter allows those who use the site to have a tiered system of donations, where the more someone donates, the more they can “get back” and can show how many have made such donations. Some will have up to $1,000 or more where you can get something back like an autograph of the creator, so big fans will shell out big cash. For people like me, it’s backstabbing. If I care about said content, I don’t think I should be persuaded to pay the person, especially when they have very popular content with advertising. But the blind sheep that follow them believe it goes to a good cause, and there’s nothing you can do to change that mindset.
Of course, not all Kickstarter projects are bad. The bullied bus monitor had to go to work to survive, and with the money she received from the donations, she could get a vacation from the constant verbal abuse. And some inventors turn to Kickstarter for funding because they have little wiggle room in funds to get the project off the ground quickly, and those interested can pay for the development.
Like Spider-Man’s uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Content creators have a lot of authority in their hands, and if they can remember not to let their egos get the best of them, they can make the right choices.
Anthony Guidetti‘s fascination with technology began when he was one, but tech is not the only thing that Anthony is fond of. He also likes videography, and television/movie production. Anthony runs a technology website where people can sign up and ask questions, interact with other geeks, and post content.
Oh, and if you came here to find out how to pronounce his last name, it’s Jah-Dead-Eee.