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An NFT Manifesto on Kylie Jenner Being Blocked Over A BAYC

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An NFT Manifesto on Kylie Jenner Being Blocked Over A BAYC

Kylie Jenner allegedly asked @WillyTheDegen to buy one of his BAYC NFTs in private, according to Twitter user @WillyTheDegen. After he allegedly blocked her to demonstrate his views around the NFT culture, a debate erupted in the community.

Twitter users exchanged opposing viewpoints on the occurrence. Many people think the screenshots are phony, but the debate over the scenario—whether hypothetical or not—showed the diversity of ideas spread throughout the NFT community.

Words like “culture” and “movement” are commonly used to describe the primary focus of the NFT environment, with various interpretations of what it all means. Language, technology, art, money, and value are all intertwined in an overview of what the world’s future crypto spaces should strive for.

Those who believe the NFT movement should not be left in the hands of “the likes of Kylie Jenner” are divided, as are those who think this was unpolite and a waste of potential for the project’s price to rise and the NFT community to flourish.

Beyond the validity of the tweet, if we see it as a hypothetical scenario in which people share their visions for how NFT should expand, the event begins to resemble a sum of the ecosystem’s values: Is it becoming elite? Is it a safeguard for decentralization? It reminds us of artistic manifestos from the past when the hunt governed art for meaning.

Following Arthur Danto’s call for “the end of art,” NFTs have established a significant milestone by providing a counterweight to the art sector, which has previously been exclusive and centered on the wealthy.

As the blockchain becomes more widely known, people’s interest in art and technology is piqued. Without people, art is nothing, and now art reaches them regardless of color, gender, or background.

Sofia Garcia, the founder of Artxcode, made an interesting comment regarding the NFT atmosphere on Forbes a while back:

NFTs enable everyone to see how much collectors pay for their artwork and let the market choose rather than allow art dealers to leave artists in the dust. There is a change in the guard in who is able to collect high quality works.

So, how would different members of the community react if Kylie Jenner expressed interest in an NFT?

Supporters of Willy’s Move: Protect the Value, Block Kylie Jenner

Some may recall Snapchat’s market value plummeting by $1.3 billion when Kylie Jenner announced she had deactivated the app on Twitter. The conclusion was not intended, and it exposes the influencer’s power as a foolish path that may easily infuse fragility into a growing initiative.

As a result, many people are concerned about her ability to cause prices to spike and then plummet in an unexpected circumstance. What if the phrase “came for the flicks, stayed for the art” became “came for the trend, sank the art”?

Willy’s comment, though, appears to be focused on not allowing celebrities to achieve what they want. Instead, he sees NFTs as a “movement” and portrays himself as more concerned with the ecosystem’s “real purpose” than revenues.

As NFTs increase in popularity, some supporters do not want their growth to be in the hands of individuals who are just interested in it for a short time or who are only interested in making money.

The Willy Movement Haters: Help The Market

Many others believe that Kylie Jenner’s gatekeeping is detrimental to the BAYC initiative. Some see it as a business opportunity, but others see it as unpolite behavior, stating that rudeness is what genuinely harms the reputation of a developing industry, especially now that crypto is in the process of becoming more approachable.

The move was dubbed “clout” and a tantrum by users.

Even if we consider the event to be anything akin to a manifesto, it lacks clarity and ethics. Should celebrities be disparaged in the NFT area, which is supposed to be inclusive and unconcerned about demography, race, gender, and other factors? Should it rather be a celebration of denigration?

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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Crypto-Vultures Profit from the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Only a few hours after the Queen’s passing, more than 40 meme tokens bearing her name have been released.

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Yesterday, according to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Although her loss triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and grief, it has also been exploited as a money-grab.

Elizabeth II, monarch
Grift endures eternally, but the Queen is gone.

There are over 40 meme coins on Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s passing (and at least one exploitative NFT collection).

While the news of the British monarch’s demise saddened people worldwide, cryptocurrency scammers took advantage of the occasion to launch dozens of meme coins with Queen themes on Ethereum and Binance’s BNB Chain.

Among the new crypto coins that were introduced are “Queen Elizabeth Inu,” “Queen Doge,” “God Save The Queen,” “London Bridge Is Down,” “Queen Grow,” “Rip Queen Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth II,” and “Queen Inu II.” Other tokens with the name of the next king, King Charles III, have also appeared. According to DexScreener, at least 40 separate meme coins appear to have been produced in the previous six hours.

The most liquid tokens, Save The Queen and Queen Elizabeth Inu, have already processed trade volumes of around $700,000 and $200,000 since their debut. At the time of writing, the price of Queen Elizabeth Inu is up 1,517%, while it has increased by 23,271% on Binance Smart Chain and 3,708% on Uniswap. Prices are incredibly unstable and exceedingly unlikely to persist.

The “Queen Elizabeth 69 Years NFT” NFT set has reportedly been produced. One image is said to represent each year of the Queen’s reign in the collection. The project’s aims should be questioned because Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, not 69.

The crypto community, typically known for its gallows humor, mainly reacted negatively to the initiatives. When told about the NFT collection, NFT aficionado ThreadGuy said, “You’re going to hell.” Trader Byzantine General declared, “We’ve got to stop this crypto stuff.”

In 1926, Queen Elizabeth was born. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and passed away in Balmoral Castle at 96.

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One crypto sector, according to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, is experiencing a classic bubble cycle

One crypto sector may be going through a typical hype cycle, according to billionaire investor and software entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.

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In a new episode of the All-In podcast, the CEO of Social Capital discusses the sharp decline in trading volume in the non-fungible token (NFT) market.

Palihapitiya offers Coachella and Burning Man as examples of major music festivals that strive to be distinctive but may wind up being mostly the same.

The billionaire contrasts NFTs and the overall art market with the two music events.

“I do believe that there is something going on; the simplest way to explain this is with the Burning Man/Coachella scenario. Many of these things are similar, but when some people approach anything new, they are too insecure to accept that it is similar to another item, so they spend a lot of time attempting to convince you that it is different. When someone says that a time is different, it’s probably not that different, as stated in the Warren Buffett quote, is an example. Or consider the other famous historical adage, “Things don’t always repeat in history, but they rhyme.”

All of this is meant to imply that, aside from major advances in science, not much new has been discovered recently. We keep repeating the same patterns, and one of them is the social capital that comes from making certain decisions and then having those decisions validated by others in order to feel valuable. And this occurred in NFTs, as well as, I’m sure, in the initial stages of several artistic movements. These events are more comparable than dissimilar because they have presumably occurred in a number of other markets as well.

Burning man and Coachella are same. The art market and NFTs are both the same. It doesn’t need to be unusual; you can simply appreciate it because you think it’s cool. I would just take it with a grain of salt and tell anyone who comes to you asking why it’s so different.

DappRadar reports that earlier last week, trading volume on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea reached a one-year low.

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