Earlier this year after the internet summary denounced one NFT blacksmith Oscar-try the season in capitalization Death of Chadwick Boseman, for a moment it seemed that perhaps people would think better of engaging so transparently opportunistically and morally bankrupt routes. Unfortunately, it turns out that this is all just not the case, and now that big brands are moving all-in on these untouchable tokens, it seems like things are only getting worse.
Since Stan Lee, Bob Ross and others. Seuss is all dead, none of them can express their opinion that three different companies that recently published NFT collections related to the works of creators co-opt their similarities and heritage. This week, NFT production companies (because that’s the thing now, obviously) Orange Comet i Dapper Labs, as well as Funko they shared their plans to offer different NFT collections that they hope people will want to give up their hard-earned money.
Chakraverza orange comet, based on Chakra The Lee brand, developed with Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra, includes “6,880 unique generative works of art based on characters from the graphic novel,” according to his Web page. But like number of people have pointed out, along with randomized NFTs depicting scenes from Chakra comics, the collection also includes several illustrations of Lee himself portrayed as a costumed hero.
Funko, who is in partnership with Droppp for his Digital Pop! package, offers over 32,000 NFTs inspired by Bob Ross, as well as their physical facsimiles to collectors who either pull particularly rare NFTs, or want to collect one of each type of NFT with less rarities. Compared to the other two sets, Dapper Labs and Dr. Seussibles Seuss Enterprises there are far fewer NFT characters to collect, but companies are already setting up the platform as a hub for community growth — as well as gardening.wall an economy built on users changing their unusual cats in a hat for the secrets of the rare Lorax, can be imagined.
All the companies behind these collections advertise them as fun, dazzling collectibles of the future. But taken for granted, things like Chakraverse and Pop! The Bobs Ross Collectibles package emerges as the latest case of corporations using people’s feelings for loved ones, deceased public figures to sell intangibles that do not serve their true purpose. What is particularly shocking about the way Stan Lee and Bob Ross are involved in this situation is how, before they died, they both found themselves trapped in the center of exploitative companies to make money created by other people. In Ross’s case, his survival family members have accused his co-founders Bob Ross Inc. Annette and Walt Kowalski who effectively tore the company apart him and, after his death, the use of his name to sell the product and continue The joy of painting.
Similarly, Lee’s last months were marked by his business scandal allegations of elder abuse which were directed against his closest ones like former manager Keya Morgan, all the time his personal finances were at stake. Although Lee’s literal blood perhaps he will not be involved in this particular scam, by pouring Lee’s face all over the website and using his image to sell NFT, one could argue that the chakraverse, at least morally, is largely in vain.
Despite the fact that there is still no real use for what people are intended for do it with NFTs other than watching them on their screens, while server farms out of sight consume ungodly amounts of electricity to keep things going, companies are dead determined to try to make them happen because they are relatively easy, instant cash grab. Like most easy money-grabbing, NFT’s dilemma becomes apparent the moment you really think about what they are and how they work, but right now what many brands pushing digital items are counting on is that consumers are too preoccupied with the current hype. and FOMO so they can use their common sense and critical thinking.
While such business practices are inherently horrific, the culture that has emerged in NFT communities has also proven to be far from the one of empowering artists and creators that investors and evangelicals insisted was. The fact that so many artists have horror stories about seeing their artwork stolen (because all NFTs are just URLs pointing to images) and placed in different markets without their consent seems like shading is the rule, not the exception when comes to the irreplaceable tokens.
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