So I just read the latest issue of Wired and Filmmaker as I normally do from purchasing it from my local bookstore and after years of being loyal to both magazines I am about to drop one of them...WIRED!
After reading the article on THE NEW SOCIALISM by Kevin Kelly, I have to say that this draws the line in the sand and sets the bar for a new level of idiotic thinking. I'm not going to go into detail as to why I can't stand this windbag as you would then try and and eek out the story for yourself and waste 20 minutes of your precious life.
On the other hand i was pleased to see that Lance Weiler has joined filmmaker under his column Culture Hacker and was delighted to see that he was at least making an attempt to bridge the gap between participatory culture, piracy, and the need for funding within the independent film system.
Unlike Kevin Kelly (who is a clueless academic who obviously gets paid for spouting off about how everyone should be working for free) Lance 's column gave me some insight into a possible solution for bridging the gap between the old world studio model of control and the P2P system with a donations system being implemented into the program.
This of course does not address the issue of "where does the money come from" but at least he is addressing the "idea" of money and that people actually do need this stuff to survive.
you can read about it here
In the meantime we are still working on our online funding engine and have a date for Beta now on September 10th 2009. If you would like to be invited to the beta please preregsiter here