My wife often tells me that while I’m a good writer, I’m a very poor communicator. It’s something I’ve been working on getting better at and I obviously have a VERY long way to go. The stutters and stammers you hear from me when I’m doing interviews are not nearly the whole story. I’ve always had a nasty tendency to speak first and think later. Scary part is? I’m a thousand time better than I used to be.
In my Content Hostages essay, I was making a point about what I see as an unethical business model. I’m not taking that back. I still feel that way. Asking folks to pony up money for a product that hasn’t even begun production just seems icky. Those who do it, great, I wish them well. But I don’t like it. I don’t have to–I’m not the one doing it or supporting it. Nor am I here to judge those that do.
Here’s what I WASN’T saying: I was NOT saying that folks like Tee Morris and Matthew Wayne Selznick won’t deliver on their kickstarters. On the contrary–I know they will. I wish them all the luck in their endeavors and hope they succeed.
But I still don’t like the model. At all. And I’m standing by that.
With one apparently inappropriately worded blogpost, I’ve managed to piss off and enrage a metric fuck-ton of podcasters and their supporters. Gee, I’m sorry, but that doesn’t change the way I feel about holding content hostage. Not at all. To those that choose this model? Best of luck.
I’m not under any delusion this will serve as a balm to those I angered. And frankly? I couldn’t give a shit. I’m very tired of the pervasive attitude in our community that we’re not allowed to call bullshit when we see it. And why get your panties in a wad anyway? I’m just some horror writer dude who doesn’t have a huge listener base, isn’t selling books, and therefore, why the hell does my opinion even matter?
I won’t be invited to any reindeer games at Balticon or probably any other con in the future. That’s cool. I have things to do–like attend panels, meet my readers/listeners (I do have some, I bribe them), and network with new folks who aren’t part of the “in-crowd.”
So that’s that. If I see something out there I don’t like, I’m going to call bullshit. I think if those of us in the podcast/writing community were more interested in discussing these things rather than kissing people’s asses, we might actually be taken seriously.
My two cents. And as always, mileage may vary.