I always figured the categories of my posts would emerge over time, and so they have. As I betrayed nearly a month ago in my post on TheSheepMarket.com, I originally did not believe that crowdsourcing models would be employed in most of the arts. A reference work sure, but a novel? To put a fine point on it, it made sense to me that a TV show composed of shorts created by individuals within the crowd would come to market (and be embraced by it), but I was far more skeptical that a pure peer production model could ever create works traditionally the province of the sole auteur. That skepticism took another blow this past week, as I learned of not one but five separate examples of artists using the crowd to develop their work.
First this, from the New Statesman, which points out that the upcoming Samuel L. Jackson joint, Snakes on a Plane, was reshot according to fan chatter on the Internet boards, and that an upcoming British feature will go even further, offering creative input to the first 1,000 individuals to invest in the movie.
Next up, last week Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing wrote that Sci Fi author Brandon Sanderson was posting the chapters of a book currently in the works to his Web site in order to collect suggestions and editorial advice from his fans. Of course, it's only crowdsourcing to the extent that he employs those suggestions, so let's call this a beta run. Or one of two, as it turns out that fellow author Chris Roberson is doing something similar on his Web site.
Finally, a fascinating article in the NY Times from onetime Wired writer Warren St. John about Ze Frank, an online performance artist who has set up a wiki page on which his fans (and detractors) can suggest jokes, edit them, etc. Again, the jury's still out, but I couldn't be more excited for the verdict.