I got called a 'freeloader' this week in a Periscope broadcast. This was in reaction to the broadcaster hosting the scope, mentioned I make private scopes and they are paid for. Yes I charge for private broadcasts as a 'freeloader'.
Let me back up first, I was called a 'digital beggar' by the same person first. So it's clear I'm talking to a moron as they don't know what a 'freeloader' is. The viewer doesn't follow me, but is aware I ask for donations.
I'm taking the time to write this as I thought it was interesting how somebody took issue with something that doesn't harm them (and it's happened before in the past on Periscope) and this blog post serves as a reminder as to what to do the next time. I can only assume this person was slighted by the idea of someone asking for money for their own endeavours (and their time). Even though people ask for money for their time everyday.
With Periscope or YouTube in particular (because I use it a lot), viewers are in a privileged position, all they have to do is tap a notification and sit in the comfort of their home. turn their brain off in total comfort and allow for passivity, that is until someone asks for money on the app they are using for free. Some kind of flawed maths enters their brain and the answer = complain.
I'm curious why people get their hate on and take issue with a simple call for assistance? 1 hour of watching someone or something (whatever it is) is one hour of not doing something else in life. Okay, not one hour, heck I can throw that away on a TV pilot and not really care.
That's the rub isn't it? I don't care, and if I don't care as a viewer, then why should that creator not get paid? In the case of a TV show, we understand the rules and take for granted something like a pilot involved contracts, meetings, location shooting, actors who need paying and so forth. None of that is disputed and can be disputed, no viewer can ask for their money back on that pilot, there is no serious reaction other than with one simple rule. By choosing not to watch again in the future. Don't like something? Don't watch it!
It's the same thing with watching what I produce. Just don't watch, there's no need for your voice to be heard, because if you're dumb enough to complain about someone else's hustle, then you deserve to be told something you already know, but are fighting against.
Just don't watch then!
Those raising tantrums might not value their own time or the time of the creator, but the negativity expressed has this need to override the value being enjoyed by others. Again something overlooked by complainers.
I want to end the blog post here, but the second part links in with this idea that everybody needs to have their say. They don't. YOU don't. Let's make it clear. Just because you can comment, doesn't mean that I or any other broadcaster needs to. In this situation where the viewer can have their say and provide direct feedback, they feel they can do more than just stop watching, they've got to tell you why as though its going to change anything. It's a false sense of importance that's able to be derived from something as simple as including a text box.
With great timing, Casey Neistat just released a new YouTube video talking about people shouting from his sidelines. Of course Casey is far ahead down this road of self-ambition, but once somebody gets to a certain size, boom! The perception is of a sell out, not to their ideals, but to those watching.
I haven't been called a 'sellout' yet, I'm sure its coming further down the line. In fact, I hope so now, it means I got somewhere. It's something else to look forward to as people overlook what it takes to "just running around with a phone, talking".