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Crowdfunding the Future

Media Industries, Ethics, and Digital Society


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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Introduction: Funding the Future? Contextualising Crowdfunding




This edited collection stems from our initial efforts in editing a themed issue for New Media & Society (2015) on the concept of crowdfunding, where grassroots creative projects are funded through micro-payments by backers through websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This practice has been steadily gaining attention in the last few years, across numerous different sectors of society. As media and fan studies scholars, we had engaged in discussions on the topic with friends and colleagues, in person and via social media, about the impact that crowdfunding may wield on the future of media studies. We contributed to these discussions in journals (see Chin et al., 2014) but the absence of scholarship on crowdfunding surprised us, which led us to connect with New Media & Society and successfully propose a special issue. We received a huge response to our original call for papers for the issue, with the proposed articles covering a breadth of disciplines and topics. To that end, and with the idea in mind of creating the work on crowdfunding, we felt a broader overview of the subject and the global discussions taking place within it would better suit an edited collection. Therefore, this anthology seeks to examine and unravel the international debates around crowdfunding and thus brings together contributors from a wide range of academic disciplines and countries. We include papers that offer different perspectives on the processes of crowdfunding projects: from...

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