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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Are Hollywood Stars Ruining Kickstarter?

Actor Zach Braff. (AP)

Actor Zach Braff. (AP)

Move over Amanda Palmer, Zach Braff is the latest Kickstarter darling — the actor recently raised more than $2 million on the site for a film called “Wish I was Here.”

Director David Fincher and comedian Whoopi Goldberg have also had success on Kickstarter.

But some are upset that celebrities will overshadow budding entertainers and entrepreneurs. The hashtag #dontruinkickstarter has been making the rounds.

Boston University Professor of Mass Communications John Carroll explained the sentiment to Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

“Why are you using other people’s money and the potential of taking it away from other projects, from start ups from indie filmmakers, who really don’t have the resources,” he said.

What is your favorite Kickstarter project? Tell us on Facebook or leave a comment.


  • John Carroll, Professor of Mass Communications, Boston University. His blog is Campaign Outsider.

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