Items of Interest, October 29, 2021 (NFT Edition)

HERE IS THE ARTICLE YOU CAN SEND TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY SAY “BUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WITH CRYPTOART WILL BE SOLVED SOON, RIGHT?” by Everest Pipkin (Medium link).

Also, it breaks my heart that Anil Dash, formerly of Movable Type, is a co-inventor of NFTs. He’s not a bad person, I swear. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/nfts-werent-supposed-end-like/618488/ (at The Atlantic so possibly paywalled).

I’m considering doing a website listing all the high-profile artists who have joined in the NFT scam, so I won’t accidentally send them money for any reason whatsoever, or support their work in any way whatsoever. It also breaks my heart that Colleen Doran, David Lynch and a nature photographer whose name I can’t remember have decided to squander their legacies like that (the nature photographer turned up in my Twitter timeline and the artwork they NFT-ized was a photograph of a magnificent blue whale – a creature that often appears as a symbol for the very concept of nature conservation. It was obscene and I will go to my grave hating that this has happened). If I end up doing it, I will call it “One Sheep” after the punchline of a very old, very bad joke.

A couple of other NFT-related links that I collected earlier:

What is BlockChain Crypto Art at the Verge. This article has been edited and revised to smithereens since it was first published, but vestiges of its original clarity remain, for now.

NFTs: crypto grifters try to scam artists, again by David Gerrard, who knows about this sort of thing. Worth it for this paragraph alone:

I don’t understand any of this. Please explain it like I’m five.

“Would you like to watch your favourite CBeebies show — or would you like me to write on a piece of paper that you own the show? All you get is the piece of paper.”

The trouble with explaining NFTs to a five-year-old is that you’ll have a hard time convincing a five-year-old that this nonsense isn’t the nonsense it obviously is. It sounds unfathomably stupid because it’s unfathomably stupid.

Why NFTs are Bad: The Long version is a technical deep dive into why NFTs are bad. There’s also a short version, both on Medium.

Related: Why you should think twice about buying a ‘star name’ online