NFTs and Open Access: Power in the Age of Digital Individualism - Xenogothic

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Previously wrote this other excellent article:

Some excellent quotable quotes.

The beginnings of Web3 are far from attractive, on the whole, but few seem to realize how dead their vision of another internet truly is.

The sad reality is that the online world we live in today is a kind of digital feudalism, implemented through stealth. As our communities thrive and share and support one another, we focus less and less on the fact that the land we’ve developed through a kind of digital agriculture is not ours and never has been.

It is not necessarily to introduce “scarcity” for all, but rather to carve out a space for cultural production that is not under the all-seeing eye of platform capitalism by default.

Some points in here about Cozy Web, which I have done some writing about here:

From Drupal and the Decentralized Web

And the links are:

In the end, what is “closed” about an anti-Web3 defiance is that it offers no alternatives to our present and very real capture. What other way out is there from Web 2.0 drudgery, where cultures proliferate in abundance for “free” but are nonetheless mined for profit by somebody?

Yes, it arguably challenges the notion of digital abundance, but it also challenges the individual, with more emphasis being put on the object than who made it. NFTs and Web3 stir the pot, putting more emphasis on the community than we currently have done for — arguably — centuries!

All this is to say that main problem with critiques of NFTs (and, indeed, with a lot of NFT culture in itself) is that, more often than not, it amounts to little more a commentary on all that is wrong with the non-crypto present.

it is our complacency, not Web3, that will be the death of us.

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