On 31.08.2012 12:28, Felix Stalder wrote:
There are some definitely positive potentials to it. For example, it point towards a cultural economy that does not depend on the standard copyright model where investments in the first copy are regained through controlling subsequent copies. But in practice, as far as I can see, there are relatively few projects on kickstarter that actually release their products under a free license once they have been financed in advance.
I have no opinion as far as the moderation policy of crowd-funding requests on the list. But certainly feel the topic of crowd-funding itself is quite important for us to discus here, both for it's positive potentials, but also to clarify it's limitations. The fact that projects funded by Kickstarter are not released under a free license, and the organisations behind them rarely take social/ co-operative forms, is part of the reasons that the model is limited as far as it's overall economic impact. Crowd-funding does not replicate itself. We're all familiar with the M C M' type circuits (including finacialized ones) wherein, capitalists invest money and end up with more money by doing so. This is what allows the capitalist mode to expand. In kickstarter style CF, funders do not, neither individualy nor collectively, end up with more money to invest. This means that CF does not have it's own reproductive curcuit, leaving it as nothing more than a form of consumer expenditure drawing only upon disposable incomes, the majority of wich must therefor come from retained wages of workers. As such, it can never grow beyond the level of the retained income workers can sustainably divert from consumption, at the expense of workers' savings. This means, that crown-funding can not directly have a significant effect on the social distribution of wealth unless what it it funds is itself something that itself directly challanges political or economic power. For this reason I strongly agree that projects like goteo.org are significantly more interesting. We can not really crowd fund a cultural economy, we can perhaps crowd fund capacity by way of the commons to sustain a new society from wich a new cultural economy can emerge. Best, -- Dmytri Kleiner Venture Communist # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: http://mx.kein.org/mailman/listinfo/nettime-l # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: nett...@kein.org