Earlier today, I wrote about how I felt uncomfortable when artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and numerous creative types here and on various social media sites do fundraising online to finance projects.
Well, I still stand by my feeling of uncomfortableness (this really should be a word).
But I really should point out that I do think that something like Patreon is a good idea because, as James Douglas pointed out, using Patreon I can support artists directly, without any middleman/woman taking their cut.
In fact, for a while now, I have been giving Jesse Brown from CANADALAND monthly subscription because I believe his media criticism is much needed in this country.
I like supporting people by buying their art, downloading their songs, purchasing their books, or attending their shows. As a writer myself, I understand the financial implications of a creative career.
And I have amended the manifesto:
Artists, poets, creative types: you chose this as a career. Some of you are quite well-known, famous, in fact. With huge numbers of followers on social media, and with large audiences for your shows, films and books. So when you ask your loyal followers for money for future projects, some of those followers will think it's a great idea. Others will think it's just a money grab and wonder why people they've chosen to promote, spend money on their art and are in the public eye, are having such a hard time managing their finances that they are asking for money from people in a way that makes me, and others, uncomfortable.
I love supporting creative artists. I have always done so and I will always do so. So maybe my uncomfortableness (I have now deemed it a word) isn't because the artists are asking for money, it's because our society puts them in such a position where they have to ask.
This is my opinion. Others will have different opinions. It's a free country. Go ahead and disagree or agree.
P.S. Thanks to Shane Koyczan and James for the input and for helping me clarify my postion (which could change again, me being me).