In the year 2012, most of us have seen a lot of goddamn dumb Kickstarter projects. But Seed Money: Coins You Can Plant has got to be the goddamn dumbest, and that includes the most traditionally objectionable Kickstarter category, obnoxious film projects.
Ugh, where to start. Let's set aside the fact that this idea is not really viable at all in terms of growing plants. It’s probably not the greatest idea to “secretly tuck them into medians, public parks, or your friend’s front yard,” per the suggestions. Public parks are actually ecosystems, for one thing, and for another maybe your friend doesn’t want to have to mow your pretentious Kickstarter carrots.
Of course, I realize it’s ridiculous to evaluate any Kickstarter project in terms of its practicality. So let’s consider the other suggestions for what to do with seed money. I particularly like imagining someone “leav[ing] a few with [their] tip at a restaurant” or “playfully trying to use them at [their] local coffee shop or bakery.” I would really like to see someone hand their seed money to someone in the retail or service industries. “What do you mean this is dumb? That letterpress was handmade by the good folks at Porridge Papers!” “The imagery is hand-lettered, you capitalist pig!”
In the final analysis, the dumbest thing about the Seed Money Kickstarter campaign is the mirror it holds up to all of our big dumb-dumb faces, because it raised almost $47,000.
Take your $47,000 and run, Leafcutter Designs. A grift is the only way to redeem this project, for you and for us.