All of this debate about PtP etc brings me to a serious question.
Why does content exist?
Some content exists as speech. If I have an idea, and I want to convince you I am right, then You ought not be required to pay me to witness about Jesus or Volkswagons, Budweiser or Ron Paul to you… It’s my agenda, I should do it on my dime.
Some content exists as a service… Interstate 90 is closed at milepost 91. Take another route. Chances are good, that If I give a message like that – I am doing it for the good of others, and it is reasonable that the community should pay the bill.
Some content exists for profit. Entertainment art – I made this great movie - paid these popular actors - I think you will entertained if you watch – pay us $X and we will let you watch. This isn’t “free speech” the agenda is to make something you will enjoy enough to pay for, and to return a profit. If the community pays for this at their rate, I will not take massive risk because the reward I can get in return is rather fixed. Entertainment is not a human right – it ought not be funded by the community as if it where one.
The issues may get quite murky – Because art carried political, philosophical, religious and commercial content. I may be trying to making a song or a movie to convince others to adopt my perspective (Which should be done on my dime) Or I could be trying to put a message out there that will resonate with a certain crowd so that they will purchase my work commercially. (Which should be done at my risk with profit coming at their discretion on their dime) But chances that I am doing it as a public service and it actually IS a public service and not a witness at the doorstep or a telemarketer are rather slim…
But the idea that all content ought to be paid ignores these nuances. If we pay the telemarketers to call us, what ought we expect them to do? In essence that is what a significant portion of the SAFE community is proposing. There is an underlying assumption that content is good, and deserves to be rewarded. But if you reward content, you will get content for the sake of the reward.
People like to hear themselves talk. There is no shortage of content. There is a shortage of good content. But you will never be successful in funding good content by just funding for the sake of funding.