Everybody's talking about how Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas' ridiculously successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars movie just might revolutionize the way studios look at greenlighting films. But there's also a dark (read: totally obnoxious) side to crowdsourcing, along with these other trends that have exhausted their shelf lives.
The Crowdsourcing Phenomenon
Have a passion project or just something you're mildly interested in pursuing? You're in luck: Kickstarter is the one-stop resource to make your dream a reality! Simply make a grainy video of yourself explaining the ins and outs of your latest multimedia performance art piece, and total strangers will fork over their hard-earned cash!
Okay, let me say that I have absolutely no beef with the idea of Kickstarter; the fact that tens of thousands of fans threw down donations to fund a Veronica Mars movie is certainly exciting. And I won't be that guy who tears apart the artistic aspirations of others for a quick gag -- but honestly, we're not doing ourselves any favors when we try to Kickstart our handmade hamster sleeping bags (video), only to cry ourselves to sleep when literally no one funds the thing.