We Don't Want Everything For Free. We Just Want Everything

from the kids-today dept

Recently, I gave a Sita Sings the Blues talk to a roomful of 15-to-17-year-olds. Near the end I explained Free Culture and my stance against copyright, which led to some interesting discussion. Turns out most of them are manga fans, and familiar with publishers’ complaints about scanned and translated manga shared freely online. They all read them anyway (except one, who prefers to read entire manga in the bookstore). I asked them how they would choose to support artists they liked (once they had some disposable income) and they said:
  1. Donate buttons – with the qualification that they want to know as much as possible about where the donation is going. They said honesty and transparency are important.
  2. Kickstarter – They all knew about it (which was notable because none of them had heard of Flattr) and valued pitch videos that explained how the money would be used.
  3. Custom drawings
  4. Merch
  5. Physical copies
  6. Live Shared Experiences, including ballet, museum exhibits, and concerts. The event aspect was important; they wanted to be able to say, “Remember that one time when that awesome show was here…” They agreed seeing things in person is a more powerful experience than seeing things online, and worth spending more on. One said she would buy CD at a live show because “it reminds you of the show.”
  7. One said he would support artists by promoting their work to his friends.

Semi-related, I took an informal poll of how many would prefer to read a book on paper vs. an e-reader. The vast majority said paper, but what they really seemed to want was dual formats: paper copies to read comfortably and collect, and digital copies to search and reference. Makes sense to me. Only two of them had iPads, and none used them for “enhanced eBooks.”

My favorite quote of the afternoon, from a 15-year-old girl:

“We don’t want everything for free. We just want everything.

crossposted from ninapaley.com

 

Filed Under: artists, copyright, culture, free, honest, support, teens, transparency


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 24 Mar 2012 @ 10:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You are entirely missing the point.


    In the case of a movie, you may not go to the theater, you may not buy the dvd, you may not rent it, but perhaps one night you will watch it on TV, and thus pay for it with your attention.


    You're saying all these things as if the consumer has a CHOICE, when the reality of the situation is that the studios/labels are WITHHOLDING the content. The point of the article is that if they CAN pay for it they WILL pay for it.

    In the case of pirating a movie, it's painfully obvious that the studios CAN put it on the 'net because it's already on the'net. What this article and many, many others are trying to illustrate is that people will pay for content if the middlemen choose to make it available.. Putting your hands over your ears and screaming, "Pirates!" doesn't change that.

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