Most of my family grew up poor, but one of my uncles made it out of the slums. Whenever anyone would bitch or get jealous my nan would say “it’s rude to count other people’s money.”
That’s probably what it comes down to. Asking about resourcing and office space is interesting in a new media space like a podcast-driven website, especially in the midst of a global pandemic.
But the question about money, while not malicious, was pretty tactless. That said, the reaction was probably a little OTT. I always try to be mindful of people’s different levels of English, English as a second language, education levels etc. People don’t always have the ability to say what they mean.
I think this discussion became much more interesting after it was touched on during the RAD intro. In this new media space where our hosts are fully crowd-funded, you can run into competing priorities.
Is your priority your integrity as a host, to be honest with your audience and say what you feel? Or is your priority - to put it callously - to your family (ie. your back pocket.)
I don’t have the answer, but it’s something I’ve thought about before, and something that I think John & Wai have always been able to avoid - this is the first time since POST started where I remember a question of integrity vs money (ie. do we clap back even though he’s a Patreon.)
I hope the mention of integrity and money isn’t too crass. It’s a hard topic, I don’t think I’d be too hard on the choice that anyone in that situation made.