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this is brilliant
But I like it.
can he just take the 20k and run or does he have to do anything?
people just slinging money at him for lulz = pretty gross imo
I'm not saying they should go to prison or anything but... ugh.
I don't know if it's worth $50,653 but it's pretty fucking good.
Can't remember when I last met someone who's never bought a drink in a pub, bought clothes outside of a charity shop, been to the cinema, eaten meat, paid for music/film etc. How's it working out?
and anyone who has ever paid to do anything they enjoy ever could have no objection to someone, say, burning £10 million cash in front of starving children.
that $50,000 is a "total" of what everyone's pledged. That means there are lots of people who have pledged smaller amounts (say, $1-5) which all add up make $50,000. The only difference in scale between this and, say, the amount spent on beer in one pub in a year or the amount of profit a cinema makes is that this is much much much fucking smaller.
The difference in degree I was actually talking about is that you seemed to be arguing that just because people spend money on things that are fun or frivolous, they can't object to *any* frivolous use of money. To me it's perfectly reasonable that someone might have no problem with people drinking in a pub, buying new clothes etc, but feel that spending $10 on literally nothing for lulz is objectionable.
1) He's pretty much said he's going to donate the money he doesn't need for fulfilling the pledge rewards
2) Average pledge is $8. Lots of people waste that amount of money all the time, it's only because it's lots of people wasting their money on the same stupid thing that you notice it.
2) this might well be true. does it follow that just because people waste money elsewhere, this can't be objectionable?
given that the rewards for this are essentially zero, my personal imho is that this feels like a ton of people just burning a fiver for larks, which I think is a bit stupid. If you'd go to bat for that then I guess we just have a difference of opinion.
An $8 pledge allows you to have a bite of the potato salad and Zack will say your name out loud whilst making it!
I could see pledging $8 to this giving someone as much pleasure as a couple of drinks or whatever fraction of a cinema ticket $8 gets you. I don't really see how just because it's "for larks" it's worse than other more established forms of entertainment.
the rewards aren't zero, people are doing it because they think it's funny. people are getting what they feel is $8 worth of banter.
what's the difference if they buy a pint, set it on fire or wipe their arse with it?
as the money goes out of circulation
I don't personally get what's hilarious about actually handing over the money, like, what further laugh I'm getting out of that, but that could just be me.
it's funnier because people have given money to it
it's funny/notable because it's gathered so many donations; it's funny/notable on a sort of group level. certainly a lot of the later donations will only have been made *because* the previous donations were already significant so it was a funny thing to do.
But if you can find it funny on this group level, you've got to allow that people can find it a bit shit at at group level too. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander; if it's funny because so many people gave money you can't say "well, it's not *really* wasteful, because the individual donations are really small".
It's "funny" *because* so many people are pissing money up the wall in grand style as a group, and a lot of people who think this is a bit shit are objecting to the tech/startup lulz culture that's ended up with $50k getting spanked on a single web joke.
but it's not like people have given $50k to this instead of giving it to charity
they never would have given that money to charity so it makes no difference
no idea what your problem with this is then
So, has this merry prankster just made 50k from saying he'll make a potato salad? Does everyone have to pay up?
He'd do a bit of the silly stuff it says. Then he's kinda an incredibly well paid Subway worker.
they've already paid, haven't they?
So, right now, no one has paid anything.
what do you mean finishes successfully? reaches its goals? or the guy delivers what he said he would?
which in this case was $10.
So he will actually have to make the potato salad?
Sounds like too much of a bother for a measly 50k.
but jesus fucking christ people
Is he taking the piss out of kickstarter for someone reason, or is he just being goofy?
Is he saying something political here? What's his motivation?
itself to all sorts of projects, so this was in response to that as "what's te most ridiculous, banal thing we can do", an among several contenders, this was the one that went viral.
Dunno how it works but i guess they don't pay until Aug 2nd when it's over.