“inkwellinkingwell said: Your rant makes zero sense. Maybe use your time on the positive and stop tearing others down?”
Okay, let me explain this for you slowly.
1. Amanda Palmer is an egomaniac who glosses over the many competitive advantages that she had on the way to being an Internet darling—her past on a major label that helped put her name “out there” (see also: Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails), her prominent husband, her penchant for getting attention by showing her boobs and being “edgy” in a way that appeals to Reddit. There are others but listing them will just make me angrier. Instead she believes that Her Art Made Her Get Where She Is, and that belief infects every bit of press about her.
2. Network television’s benchmarks for success are much, MUCH higher than Internet benchmarks. The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter is a way of exploiting that divide. Veronica Mars was canceled because of low-even-for-the-CW ratings; $2 million is an impressive number on Kickstarter, but it is a drop in the bucket for the entertainment industry.
3. The world is not “changing” as much as Palmer thinks. The old rules of celebrity and notoriety still apply. For her to admit this, though, would kill much of her self-mythologizing.
4. Focusing on “the positive” in this case means supporting the old methods of bringing culture to market and applying a DIY smokescreen, instead of thinking critically about and actually changing the method by which that happens. If that makes you happy, then, go on with your bad self, but I thought the internet would provide some paths that weren’t so dependent on old models in order to succeed.