In short, it’s complicated. Even for two fairly intelligent Gen Y and X journos we struggled to fully comprehend the ins and outs, the ethics, the structure and THE POINT of NFTs.
In this episode of Click Click, Bang Bang – A Photography Podcast we delve into the world of NFTs to try and understand the rise of this new digital ‘marketplace’. We discuss what NFTs actually are, how the marketplace works, the pros and cons for artists and buyers, the environmental impact that NFTs have, the frauds and the scandals! It’s a lot to cover so we’ve also given you some resources below so you can make your mnd up for yourself about NFTs.
Relevant news articles covering NFTs - The good, bad and the ugly
- Anil Dash is widely credited as the co-creator of the NFT. He writes in The Atlantic about the original purpose of his idea.
- Digital art is a billion-dollar business, with everyone from Paris Hilton to Damien Hirst trading in ‘non-fungible tokens’. But are NFTs just a get-rich-quick scheme masquerading as culture?
- Any way you cut it, the NFT ecosystem as it stands is a disaster – Top marketplaces facilitate epic amounts of theft and wash trading, scams are rampant, and the cringe is unbearable. Can it last? https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgdvnd/the-nft-ecosystem-is-a-complete-disaster
- How NFTs are Benefiting Artists & Changing the Way We Sell Work https://urth.co/magazine/how-nfts-are-benefiting-artists
- Cryptocurrency goes green: Could ‘proof of stake’ offer a solution to energy concerns?
Bitcoin relies on many computers to crunch difficult math problems. But it doesn’t have to. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/cryptocurrency-goes-green-proof-stake-offer-solution-energy-concerns-rcna1030
- Artists outraged at website allegedly selling their music as NFTS: What you need to know: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/news/musicnews/hitpiece-explainer–artists-outraged-at-website-allegedly-selli/13739470?fbclid=IwAR33CnxR5vYsrDEKHNb_iwakw6ro0NHNaPIdPsgF01TfAGwCJh7w0_KC1RI
- Panic as Kosovo pulls the plug on its energy-guzzling bitcoin miners
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Speculators rush to sell off their kit as Balkan state announces a crypto clampdown to ease electricity crisis: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/16/panic-as-kosovo-pulls-the-plug-on-its-energy-guzzling-bitcoin-miners
Relevent Twitter Threads - Go Down The Rabbit Hole
NFT people absolutely cannot comprehend where i'm coming from, fundamentally do not understand that the very phrase "digital asset" fills me with revulsion— eevee (@eevee) January 22, 2022
This is a pretty great description of NFTs. pic.twitter.com/ejFTeOtSJn— Andy O (@Andy_Olsen) January 21, 2022
7️⃣ What’s the impact of NFT fraud?— Thomson Reuters Foundation News (@TRF_Stories) January 18, 2022
⭕️ Artist Dan Howard passed away in 2019 - but last year, an anonymous account started selling his work as NFTs.
🚨 When a fan alerted his family, they emailed @OpenSea, which removed the auction. But within weeks, more were up for sale. pic.twitter.com/6Xo0OH8mS0
This is an honest question for those in the photo NFT world: how can the space tolerate thoughtful criticism of the craft of photography without mindlessly celebrating everything that people produce? 1/— RyanChristopherJones (@rcjonesphoto) January 16, 2022
How long will people continue to turn a convenient blind eye to the catastrophic issues underlying crypto and NFTs? What a heroic statement it would be to swallow some pride and step away. Others have done it. Will you? https://t.co/ldElPeU7me— Jack Lowe (@MrJackLowe) January 16, 2022
Other Relevant Resources
The British Journal of Photography Bait and Switch: “The British Journal of Photography sold out its twitter account with 250000 followers into a NFT marketing account called ‘art3’.
“On Oct. 23, 2008, I started the British Journal of Photography’s Twitter account. To see, years later, its owners do a bait-and-switch to promote their latest NFT biz venture – transferring 250,000 followers who trusted the historic brand, founded in 1854 – it’s gutting.” – @olivierclaurent
So The British Journal of Photography sold out its twitter account with 250000 followers into a NFT marketing account called 'art3'.— duckrabbit (@duckrabbitblog) February 2, 2022
They started a new account for photography. Which has 836 followers.
And in doing so destroyed their reputation and reach. pic.twitter.com/KDI0HpT2fW
RIP the British Journal of Photography. A widely respected publication has committed suicide. https://t.co/kjbfESSTmu— Andy Day (@kiell) February 3, 2022
Interview with co-founder of OpenSea Alex Atallah
NFT Photographic Artists Making Waves
Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.
Edited by Toby Forage
Music by Simon Figliuzzi
Brand design by dingdingding.co
Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.