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(Apr 09, 2021, 12:58 pm)moondoggy1111 Wrote:
(Apr 09, 2021, 01:12 am)BadFilms Wrote:
(Apr 09, 2021, 00:29 am)Miss Martian Wrote: I wonder if they've even been bothering to read this thread? Can we get some responses to this "officialrifftrax"?? Are you even still there? Will you have the courage to stand by your identity and ACTUALLY identify yourselves to us? Conor?? Sean??? Jason????? Zach???? Is that you?? Or is this someone else entirely????? Who are you really, and what are your thoughts and opinions on what we've said???

I thought Erik was usually the one to do web stuff. I forget if he's the one that handles the Rifftrax Twitter or if I'm misremembering.


I don't know the point of him responding, though. I mean, if we're honest with ourselves, we all probably know our distinct reasons for not always paying for RiffTrax and they probably don't all necessarily align, even if we're being completely honest with ourselves about what they are. For one member of the company to try to debate everyone on their various lines of thinking isn't a good use of anyone's time. His goal is simple: to remind us all that they're a small company and maybe make us feel guilty enough to stop what we're doing and pay for what we're using. It's all he really can do: appeal to our humanity and hope for the best. It's not an unreasonable request, the company has never been unfair about the way it provides its products, and - while we all may get varying levels of enjoyment out of it over a period of time - we're still here looking at the forum. But I think most, if not all, of us realized it was a small company already and will continue to give as much money as we feel comfortable giving, whether our reasons are good, bad, honest, or self-serving.

I agree with blurg and jimmy_breeze that there's an inordinate amount of pearl-clutching that someone would have the audacity to embarrass us by pointing out what we're doing directly to our face. Some take that in stride, recognizing their position as being reasonable; others will use that as an excuse to exclaim how right they are to not pay because look at the terrible, self-righteous attitude of these people who want to be paid for their work, because art should be free, maaaan and who can really own data and we were going to pay you in exposure and blah blah blah.

Most of us are here for one of two reasons: we can't or we won't pay for something that we want, perhaps rarely or sometimes or all the time. We aren't depriving anyone of their physical goods or directly stealing from their pocket, but they aren't making all the money they could on their endeavor and we are providing a place to make that easier. This is a very fair point, however you want to argue or justify that fact. If you own it and understand their point of view, I don't think there's anything to argue about. The point is clear and you make your own personal reckoning with how you feel about that fact. Those of us who share also aren't doing so out of malice any more than you were when you were a teenager and wanted to play an album by a new band you just found for your friends. People want to share the things they like with others. It's an important part of human connection, but you still know what you're doing. You can justify this forum's existence with "Just The Jokes" syncs and no-longer-for-sale VODs, but we know what this place is for and what it does. You probably won't spend any more or less than you did before, but some people can definitely stand to drop the childish, ill-formed attitudes.
I completely agree BadFilms.  Full stop.
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