NEW GOAL! If we reach $1550 (and for each $550 over that goal), we'll go teach another workshop for a library, school, afterschool program, scout troop, or similar group!
Flash back to our last campaign, in August 2011:
Since its birth in 2008, The Media Show has been exposing workings of the technology and media industries that impact our lives -- what is often called "media literacy," with a dash of Internet literacy thrown in. Our episodes have tackled everything from YouTube copyright takedowns to billboard ads to chain letters. We're puppeteers in the tradition of Avenue Q, Greg The Bunny, or Team America World Police: we write comedy for adult Internet audiences, knowing that the elusive high school audience "watches up..."
Because we lost our previous studio and editing space (RIP, AfterEd.tv), we're looking to regain our independence by getting our own equipment. Help us explain some of the major players on the Internet today, with snark and huge mechanical spider puppets! To thank you, we're offering not just the DVDs, but YOUR OWN puppets, props, and other fun stuff.
We've now finished four of the five episodes we promised our backers from that campaign, including two interviews which think in depth about what it means to be a hacker. The fifth episode is almost done!
Funders are loving the production blog, which shows off our puppet construction, takes backers to the set with photos, and shares some of the most hilarious outtakes we've ever caught on camera. (Suffice to say Emmanuel Goldstein has a sort of allergy to puppets.) We wanted to invite more of you to join us! Funders from this new cycle will support ongoing production of the show and workshops in schools.
What are we doing this time?
We're setting the bar lower for this campaign: just $1000 to start, enough to cover a few episodes produced less formally than the last ones we did, which were shot in a studio.
But we'd like to produce one 5-minute episode, once a week, for a year. That would be a full-time job. And that's not counting the work that needs to be done by many people at once -- camera crew, audio engineers, puppeteers, not to mention an educator to spread the show's message and do research to ensure that it is effective. Pricing that out at the most bare-bones budget possible, we could make that work for about $155,000.
Between $1000 and $155,000, we can make a lot happen. We want to dissect how advertisers push us to think everything needs to be new new new! all the time. We want to investigate consumer data tracking. We'd be happy to talk about real names policies online or skewed search results. Depending on how much we get, we could produce a few episodes, or a year's worth.
This is not a show that PBS will help us produce. Believe us, we've pitched there. Here's the trick about PBS: they do not try to reach youth over the age of about 11. We set out with The Media Show to try to have an honest discussion about media industries with high schoolers by aiming at young adults with off-kilter humor. Are we tilting at windmills? Absolutely. Are we actually reaching our target age range? If we had the funding, we could do the research to find out... ;)
So we hope you'll help us not just reach our $1000 goal, but go beyond, to produce even more good stuff to help random people on the Internet -- and the very cool teachers out there who do periodically bring our stuff to their students -- grapple with issues like Internet predators, copyright law, gender representations in the media, and of course hacking.
Thanks for your support!
- (21 days)