Are Fans Too Demanding in the New Media Age?

The impetus for this post comes from a query levelled at Legend of Korra director Colin Heck over on tumblr, where an anonymous person wanted to know why the story was developing a certain way and why it couldn’t be changed fo accommodate one of the characters.

Colin’s response is well worth the read but it does highlight a potential problem with the new media age that we are currently at the dawn of.

If the barriers between animator and consumer are broken, will that actually result in negative connotations for the content itself? If fans’ demands (and I use demands because they are almost never suggestions) are met, will that push a show further into the niche audience?

Surely this is something that studios could choose to ignore, but that could result in a backlash among the very people that funds the series.

What do you think?