Crowd Funding

Crowd Funding

Of all the topics offered, crowdfunding was the one that interested me the most. The podcast starts off with explaining and defining what crowdfunding is, and briefly touches on a bit of the history of it.

Looking at the fact that the idea of ‘many people contributing a small amount to raise a large total’ is not new, but one that had been made very accessible with the internet. I also touch on a few examples of successful crowd funding campaigns.

I wanted to argue that crowdfunding was a positive example of how the internet can be used to ‘democratise’ the world and bring some power to the everyday citizens. I focused on the much talked about and successful Kickstarter campaign for the movie Veronica Mars. I discussed how it was the dedicated fanbase that made the movie happen, and how it’s success could pave the way for similar movies or art projects in the future.

One way I used my sources in the podcast was to help define the term crowdfunding.

There were several potential negative elements I came across in my reading regarding the use of crowdfunding for a movie. Most of which I had not considered and would not have thought about without research. I found one conversation very interesting, and I really should have spoken more about it during the podcast. The points they bring up about the backers (fans) wanting a say in the direction the story takes (because they funded the production), does make me think that the eventual movie may have been compromised due to it’s funding situation.

After doing some reading and research, I began writing a script for the podcast. It was interesting to work out how many words would roughly equal one minute of talking. I had grand plans to setup a great space for recording in, but time got the better of me and I ended up recording at my desk with a simple USB microphone straight into the computer.

Having not used Audacity in a while, I decided to go with what I know and just do the editing using Premiere. Overkill for what I needed, but it meant I didn’t have to relearn a different program.

I searched Soundcloud for a track I could use for my intro/outro. Part of my criteria was one that was long enough to run underneath my voice to hide the ambient room buzz that was present during my recording.

The track I liked thankfully met the creative commons criteria, and fit well with the podcast. Only after I had exported and uploaded my podcast, I listened to the full a track and unfortunately found that there were some lyrics in the music that I certainly did not want my podcast associated with. Thankfully they were in the areas that I had turned down and were not audible during the podcast.

If I had have allowed myself more time I would find a different track.

Listening back over the finished podcast, I realised that not only have I not really addressed the question, but that it’s really boring. My voice is monotonous and clearly reading from a script.

If I was to do this again, or actually create a podcast in the future, this is something I would need to address.

References

Belleflamme P, Lambert T and Schwienbacher A (2014) ‘Crowdfunding: Tapping the right crowd’, Journal of Business Venturing, 29(5):610-611, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.07.003

Scott S (2015) ‘The moral economy of crowdfunding and the transformative capacity of fan-ancing’, new media & society, 17(2):167-182, https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1461444814558908

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