mitchwagner · 2 months ago
Interesting analysis of the NFT grift from Cory Doctorow
NFTs started out as a playful experiment to allow people to donate money to creators they support. In return for your donation, your name would be recorded on a blockchain. And that’s all you got for it. It’s like getting a tote bag for contributing to public television. Everybody knows the tote bag isn’t worth much. It’s the satisfaction of contributing, along with displaying your affiliation, that’s the value.
And that’s fine. I am signed up for a few Patreon subscriptions for just that reason. I don’t care about the bonuses—I just want to support the creator’s work. I pay $1-$5 per month.
Cory: “The creators of NFTs envisioned them as a kind of bragging right that described the relationship between a creator and a member of their audience. When you paid for an NFT, you recorded the fact that you had made a donation to the artist that was inspired by a specific work. That fact was indelibly recorded in a public ledger — the blockchain — so everyone could see it.”
But grifters jumped in, promising “retail investors” the ability “to participate in the rigged lottery that minted 412 new bilionares during the covid lockdown. In the NFT bezzle, NFT ‘owners’ deliberately blur the distinction between owning the right to say you helped an artist and the right to say you own their work. They treat the NFT as equivalent to the image it refers to, rather than a bit of metadata that relates to that image. That’s not surprising, as speculators are far more interested in inflating, tradeable assets than in arts patronage!”
Indeed, NFT “ownership” confers no value at all. I might pay tens of thousands of dollars for the JPG of a meme. But you can right-click the image of that meme and download it to your device, and distribute it on your social media feeds, and pay absolutely nothing. And there’s nothihng I can do about it, other than bluster and call you names.
And that leads to the expression “right-click mentality,” which NFT grifters use as an insult for people who fail to sufficiently recognize the value of NFTs.
“Right-click mentality” isn’t wrong, notes Cory. We should all aspire to the “right-click mentality.”
I’m reminded of a bar I heard about on the Hamptons on Long Island. It was a perfectly ordinary beach dive bar, nothing fancy at all—but the minimum cover charge was $1,500, for which you got one bottle of champagne. The point fo that cover was to exclude people who couldn’t afford to pay $1,500 for a single bottle of champagne that had to be consumed on premises.
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cooler-cactus-block · 2 months ago
How did Helter get the scars on his face? Did a hermit give them to him?
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A certain someone gave it to him. 👀
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crystaltale-official · a month ago
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Happy birthday to these boomers lmao! 🎉🎉🎉✨ Me and Free wanted to celebrate these two's birthdays but could not as real life struck us good. I haven't drawn for a month and a half so this is good for exercise too. After this, I'm going to upload some lore and basically what you call gift raiding. For context, Malice wanted to celebrate Grift's birthday but he's so dense in wine culture that he bought a light wine instead in which Grift is not very fond of. Grift acknowledges his effort and in return gave him a gift of his...in his own "way". Malice prefers tea so he has him tea infusers.
Grift by @crystaltale-official Malice by @magusverse
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nekojaf · 3 months ago
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Inktober Day 1
I know I'm one day late with this prompt but to be fair I did finish it on the correct day but I was too tired to post it. So I'm going to try my best this year cuz I already got two years done in a row so might as well keep trucking.
Grift belongs to @zahrart17
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zahrart17 · 9 months ago
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Just a bunch of sketches cause I have an art block. Can’t make lineart so I can only make sketches and color haha. Sketches of Verity Seekers and bunch of my friend’s characters.
Aster, Grift, Rush, Vanity by @zahrart17 Malice by @xfr3eax Pyre by @a-wild-windings-uwu Insans by @tatatale Pop by @nekojaf War!Dream by @toxictoxicities Ace by @zirkkun I kind of sleepy drawing these so please excuse any mistakes xD
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nurizyume · a month ago
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I participate Secret Santa event in one of my friends server. Here’s a gift for Neko! Happy Holidays, y’all uwu
Grift belongs to @zahrart17/ @crystaltale-official Pop belongs to @nekojaf
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magusverse · 9 months ago
Collecting some art I didn't post...again.
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There be plenty and they veri colorful and messy, but I like em. O7o
Grift belongs to @zahrart17 ▪︎ Blanc is based on @codeys-space!
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harmonytre-art · a month ago
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Hourly Christmas Presents #16: Grift for @zahrart17 and @crystaltale-official
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nosebleed-inglishera · 4 months ago
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-holding a ice bucket behind him- crystaltale by @zahrart17
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a-wild-windings-uwu · a month ago
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@crystaltale-official/ @zahrart17 totally not late birth, grift :D
The twins wanted to say happy birthday as well so have extra doodle totally not because i feel bad about being late :3
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Also screw hats and anatomy, they're my enemies-
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mitchwagner · 5 months ago
Cory Doctorow: Uber is a grift and it's running out of money, losing 38 cents on the dollar, but sustained—as always—by creative accounting bullshit.
Uber=Enron 2.0.
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cooler-cactus-block · a month ago
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“I thought I saw someone...”
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crystaltale-official · 8 months ago
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“Welcome ladies and gentlemen for we meet again!”
“I hope you have a delightful day for my dear creator celebrates for the 500+ people who follow our journey. She’s very pleasant to know that you’re interested.”
“Well then, shall we commence!”
◈ Rules to follow ◈
You must be a follower!
You must like and reblog!
Reblog with a character, gradient color and theme you want!
There will be 3 winners in this raffle! (Artwork example below)
Raffle will end on 12 June 2021 on GMT+7!
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Character: Grift
Gradient: Red-Orange
Theme: Wine and Rose
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Rain belongs to @/6nimus9
“Well, I think we all get on the same page here, non? I wish the best for all of you mesdames et messieurs! 🍷”
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This is a summation of a larger, more comprehensive analysis. The full bible verses sourced citations of CRT scholars’ and architects’ own words, in context, can be found in the originating article.
Religions like Xtianity and Islam deny our shared humanity and individual qualities. All that is secondary to the most important thing of all, how we are divided: saved and damned, mumin and kafir.
Critical Race Theory says exactly the same thing. There is no universality to humanity, and the idea of the autonomous individual is an illusion and a false promise. Liberal societies are, it insists, constructed entirely of intersecting oppressed and oppressor classes. We are, first and foremost, these classes above all else, socialized into acting out this conspiracy, which seeks only to sustain itself, in which every human interaction operates in service to it, whether we think so, and especially if we do not.
We can, and should, reject CRT and its paranoid dehumanization as much, and as guiltlessly, as we reject conventional religions and their fear-based dehumanization.
We are humans first.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Robin DiAngelo, a "whiteness studies" professor, said that white people who view others as individuals instead of by skin color are "dangerous."
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harmonytre · 8 months ago
Grift or Aster
Ohhhhhhh that’s a hard one! They’re both Dapper lads. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I think I’d go with Aster as he seems more polite!
Grift and Aster belong to @zahrart17
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zahrart17 · 14 days ago
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A small collab with @a-wild-windings-uwu
Thank you so much for collabing with me Wings! Sorry for the late colouring and also my wonky sketch. But, I can give better shading and lighting than before 👀✨
Crystaltale by @crystaltale-official Shatteredtales by @a-wild-windings-uwu
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nurizyume · 3 months ago
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Happy belated birthday to @a-wild-windings-uwu!! Thank you for always be there for me even the timezone never be nice to us XD Slime bunny belongs to me Neko Skele belongs to wings Grift plushie belongs to @zahrart17/ @crystaltale-official
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mafia-c · 7 months ago
I just stumbled upon your blog and I have to say you deserve more and have talent! Keep it up! ✨✨✨
If you don't mind, could I request Grift from Crystaltale? The last victorian version haha.
Other than that, keep what you love doing!
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That’s one hot monster XD
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magusverse · 8 months ago
Random facts for Madjick ?
And Warden ?
Thanks ! Stay safe !
Madjick the Malice random facts:
He's uhhh...
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Like the fallen humans said. 🤣👌
Then again, he acts differently with different individuals. So it's basically just Malice as himself.
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I swear Arcana folks are just goofballs. 🤣
Ranfom fact for Gaster the Warden:
Before Terra, Warden was actually a knight serving Lunadin under Icegore's command.
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He's a kind, but also dependable knight who served his king and family... until something happened...
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harmonytre-art · 8 months ago
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I tried a brush setting by @buggachat and oh my gumdrops, I love it so much!!!
Test 1/2
Sigil (the first one I made, so it only has one) @codeys-space @glyphtale
Rain, Damagedtale @6nimus9
Kya, my kirbysona lol
Grift @zahrart17 @crystaltale-official
Clover from Deltarune
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