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Crowdfunding the Future

Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society


Edited By Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin and Bethan Jones

The concept of crowdfunding, where grassroots creative projects are funded by the masses through websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, has been steadily gaining attention over the last few years. Crowdfunding the Future undertakes a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to the examination of the new, and growing, phenomenon of crowdfunding and its encompassment of digital society and media industries. The book offers a wide range of perspectives and empirical research, providing analyses of crowdfunded projects, the interaction between producers and audiences, and the role that websites such as Kickstarter play in discussions around fan agency and exploitation, as well as the ethics of crowdfunding. With a series of chapters covering a global range of disciplines and topics, this volume offers a comprehensive overview on crowdfunding, examining and unraveling the international debates around this increasingly popular practice. The book is suitable for courses covering media studies, fandom, digital media, sociology, film production, anthropology, audience, and cultural studies.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Crowdfunding the future: media industries, ethics, and digital society / edited by Lucy Bennett, Bertha Chin, Bethan Jones. pages cm. — (Digital formations; vol. 98) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Cultural industries—Finance. 2. Crowdfunding. 3. Fans (Persons). 4. Online social networks—Economic aspects. 5. Information society. 6. Mass media—Economic aspects. I. Bennett, Lucy Kathryn. HD9999.C9472C76  338.4’3—dc23  2015003542 ISBN 978-1-4331-2682-6 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2681-9 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1546-2 (e-book) ISSN 1526-3169 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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