Ayn Rand Would Have Loved Kickstarter

Posted by sdesapio 5 years, 9 months ago to Entertainment
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From the article: "In such a world, crowdfunding represents a new, high-tech way of going Galt. It allows creators and funders to escape conventional financial, ideological and aesthetic gatekeepers who have long suppressed heterodoxy in media, business, the arts and more. Arguably more important, it allows for the creation of a virtual community of like-minded folks who may live thousands of miles from each other."

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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 years, 9 months ago
    I think she would have liked the modern information age a lot, including Kickstarter, open-source movement, Maker movement, Wikis, blogs, etc.
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    • Posted by khalling 5 years, 9 months ago
      can you explain more about the maker movement. I looked at Wiki. but still am unsure about certain things. For example, if it is a movement that does not support intellectual property rights, AR would be strongly against.
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      • Posted by CircuitGuy 5 years, 9 months ago
        No, they're not anti intellectual property. They're into making stuff by themselves, often using 3D printer technology, and often with open-source hardware and software. They like to make things they think are cool but may be not viable to make as a traditional product. This may or may not lead to products down the long tail (i.e. niche products whose volume previously would have been too low to justify shelf space). They don't believe everything must be open-source but that paradoxically you often come out ahead by freely sharing your work on websites like github.

        I haven't done a survey, but my impression is makers respect IP at least as much as the general population b/c they are rigid about following the rules of giving credit for open-source hardware/software; my perception is they're also reasonably rigid about respecting IP.
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