You created a platform for video that was online that anyone could upload to?
Well, you would call it Youtube.
But suppose you created a platform for video that anyone could upload to that paid the creator for their work?
Well, you might call it Current.tv, and you would pay each submission $250 for their work…
Suppose you created a platform for uploading and publishing work that anyone could submit to, that would pay people fairly directly according the popularity of work, as tracked by the number of hits their submission received – and as a pure percentage of gross advertising revenue.
Suppose you created a platform in which people would not only submit and be paid completely fairly, in a completely transparent way – but also a place where those videos could become the starting point for an interactive dialogue -
In other words, when CBS News runs a story, that is the end of the story.
But suppose it was the beginning of the story instead – that those stories became the nexus of public discourse.
And suppose that platform was open to anyone and everyone who wanted to participate and contribute.
Would that be a ‘model for news in the 21st Century?’
I think so.
I think it is an interesting idea.
And so, in the spirit of ‘build it and they’ll come’, we have built it.
Will it work?
I dunno. But I think it might.
When Youtube started they only had 4 or 5 videos for months.
It’s like a newborn baby – it has a lot to learn and a fight to survive. And over time it will mature and change.
But it’s based on a sound idea -
A free marketplace for ideas
That the creators of content should receive the full benefit of their work entirely as a function of its popularity – hence, what it truly generates.
That news and public discourse are everyone’s business.
That ‘free press’ means ‘free press’.
Take a look.
Let us know what you think.
There’s lots of room for fine tuning, but now we begin.