- Tinder adding a ‘panic button’ for when dates go awry Thursday 6:14 PM
- Webcam footage of ‘Bigfoot’ shared by state government agency Thursday 5:47 PM
- Video shows that James Corden doesn’t drive Carpool Karaoke car—and fans feel betrayed Thursday 5:06 PM
- Video shows Julianne Hough screaming, writhing during physical therapy demo Thursday 4:47 PM
- Halsey accidentally called for another 9/11 Thursday 4:01 PM
- Lizzo’s Rolling Stone shoot criticized for cultural appropriation Thursday 3:19 PM
- Bloomberg’s broadband platform is 5 years behind his rivals Thursday 3:03 PM
- Hulu’s ‘Endlings’ is a smart sci-fi show for kids—and adults Thursday 1:42 PM
- Netflix’s ‘Pandemic’ drops right when we need to be worried most Thursday 1:20 PM
- TikTok signs licensing agreement with Merlin Thursday 12:19 PM
- Anime film ‘NiNoKuni’ falls apart with flimsy plotting Thursday 11:57 AM
- Cop who called for boycott of Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance now says he’s Black Thursday 11:12 AM
- Uber, Lyft dragged for surging prices during mass shooting (updated) Thursday 11:06 AM
- The legacies of colonialism loom in Netflix’s new horror show ‘Ares’ Thursday 10:41 AM
- College student arrested in China after tweeting about Xi Jinping Thursday 10:37 AM
Introducing WorkHarder: The non-fundraising alternative to Kickstarter
A newfangled site promotes old-fashioned enterprise.
If you liked the noPhone—a “device” roughly the size and shape of your smartphone, with literally none of the features—then you’re going to love WorkHarder, a crowdfunding platform that rewards talent and tenacity, not people willing to scam friends and family for cash.
The concept comes to us from Daily Show producer Jena Friedman, with endorsements from creative greats including Reggie Watts. Aside from showcasing the sort of innovation that could well change the Web forever, the explanatory video is an advertisement for a comedy show being held tonight to benefit Doctors Without Borders’ Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. (The bill includes Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo, Regina Spektor, Ira Glass, Fred Armisen, Jim Gaffigan, and David Cross—at $60 a pop,tickets are a steal and a socially conscious way to splurge.)
Don’t feel like breaking a sweat? Don’t worry—the Internet will always be full of rubes willing to throw cash at a well-marketed idea. Even if it’s not yours.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'