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Lighting the way: a defence of crowd-funding
I originally conceived of this piece about two months ago following a trip to Ireland in February. It was a story that I genuinely felt needed to be told. After writing the first version I sat on it, unsure what to do with it, who to give it to. I then came across Angus Finlayson’s article for FACT about the downside of crowd-funding culture.
While I agree with Angus on certain points he raises, there are others which I take issue with, and I thought that perhaps this piece was the best response that I could give. So here it is. While it focuses on what I see as positive aspects of crowd-funding I also hope it shines a light on some interesting talent presently brewing in Ireland.
We can’t so blithely dismiss the redeeming aspects a technology that has fundamentally changed, and continues to change, the world we live in.
Internet-enabled, always on, hyper-connectivity separates us more than it brings us together. Social media dumbs down the conversation. Facebook isn’t really about being friends with anyone. These cliché arguments are too often rolled out in the media when evidence to the contrary is all around us, waiting to be witnessed and understood if only we could stop moaning for a minute and open our eyes and ears. Of course it’s easy to lose track of the real world when permanently connected to the internet, but we can’t so blithely dismiss the redeeming aspects a technology that has fundamentally changed, and continues to change, the world we live in.