mitchwagner · 6 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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ectoslab · 6 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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skunk-scribbles · 2 months ago
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Himbos for Hire
Grift belongs to @doekawaii !
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nekojaf · 3 months ago
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Valentine's for chums part 2
@zahrart17 @6nimus9 @splynter @alainaprana @coolbattlegirl @ladydlemon
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xfr3eax · 2 months ago
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.: Just friends they said :.
Collaboration with @zahrart17 again! I'm surprised you can line my tornado sketches WHEEZE DJDNMSKS. 1st one is lined and colored by Zah, the other last two is lined by Zah, but colored by me! I love these guys, I keep grinning like an idiot while coloring.
I'm trying out different shadings and they came out nice hdjsnzkjs. =7=) I blame Zah, these guys are giving me too much mixed signals and I don't hate it. What have you done? I'm suing you. 🤣
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* CRYING AND LAUGHS AT THESE IDIOTS * I'm still going to blame you Zah, this isn't how you show off villain masterminds. 😭
.: These goddamn characters :.
Crystaltale!Grillby ▪︎ Grift ▪︎ @zahrart17
Magusverse!Madjick (and all versions of this floating teapot snake guy)▪︎ Malice ▪︎ @xfr3eax
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crystaltale-official · 5 months 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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zahrart17 · a year 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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n-e-w--y-0-r-k · 14 days ago
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Safe, legal and rare does not include “… to be used as birth control by cheap, easy women.”
    Too, I will remind you that the last time the right had to go out and kick the ever lovin’ caca outta the left in a civil war, it was to free a great deal of innocent and defenseless slaves, and take back our republic. This civil war will be to free innocent and defenseless little babies… and take back our republic
… and yes, boys do have skin in this fight, you had better bet your bippy yo!!!
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cats-inthe-cradle · 6 days ago
Ask me about my ocs please I'm bored and I wanna talk about them
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nurizyume · 4 months 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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ectoslab · 5 months ago
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“I thought I saw someone...”
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harmonytre-art · 4 months ago
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Hourly Christmas Presents #16: Grift for @zahrart17 and @crystaltale-official
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nekojaf · 7 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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xfr3eax · a month ago
Since Grift has an addiction to alcohol (wine), do you, Malice, have one?
Regarding the humans, I can get a vague idea of their personalities but what kind of personalities does Blanc, Nikolas and Annika have?
Malice mostly drinks tea, but Grift (@zahrart17) led him to a wine addiction. Unfortunately, Malice can only drink a little bit and fell asleep after 2-3 glass of wine.
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They are besties * casually slapping old collab art here *
For the second question:
Blanc is a sweet guy, he is a pacifist, and believes that kindness is enough. He's a doormat, unfortunately. Nikolas is loud and hyper, he enjoys streaming and getting into the spotlight. He is also snarky when he wants to be. Annika has a caring big sister energy, and she is very bold and not afraid to have opinions. She is one of the fewer sane people in her group.
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crystaltale-official · a year 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!”
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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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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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zahrart17 · 4 months 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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a-wild-windings-uwu · 5 months 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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harmonytre · a year 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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