I can't support Discord any longer, I don't want to help fund NFT/crypto integration and it's incredibly easy to opt-out of continuing to fund that by not giving Discord another cent now that I know that's what my nitro money is being used for. I cancelled my nitro and will be saving that $10 a month from now on.
Discord has been a fairly good platform and service (aside from the widespread hacking/phishing/scams, spambots, etc etc) since its inception, and was a vast improvement from Skype. Yall have built some great features, and it's sad to see those in control want to throw all that out for some garbage apes, ugly pixels, and stolen artworks.
Also, why are NFTs bad, you may ask? Well, every single transaction requires an obscene amount of computing power and negatively effects the environment due to the emissions that result from said computing power. Cryptofarms are absolutely massive and are the main reason behind the scarcity and rising prices of GPUs and other computer parts, they've used their farms of computing power to scoop up GPUs the moment they're listed for sale online and are the reason sellers are implementing lotteries to ensure actual individuals who will use the GPUs for intended purposes can have a chance at buying one.
And currently, even the cases where cryptomining and minting uses renewable/green energy, they're utilizing systems that also provide power for residential areas, and wind up driving up the energy prices for residents. We need to reduce the harm we are causing to various ecosystems and the planet as a whole, not increase the harm.
If you continue anyways and go down the path of NFTs/crypto, you'll prove your previous stance about caring for the environment was a lie all a long. Cryptofarms in one day use energy that exceeds the amount some countries use in an entire year. It's absurd and reprehensible.
Additionally, NFTs are a scam in many cases (just look at the recent fiasco where the same person was selling NFTs to themself to inflate the value of punks) or participate in art theft. NFTs are taking the worst aspects of the fine art markets (notably, money laundering between rich folks) and making them even worse.
So many digital artists (which have been working and selling art in online spaces long before NFTs) are being completely screwed by NFTs, as any random dingus can take an artist's work and mint & sell the NFT made from an artist's work, without any involvement of the original artist. Due to the nature of crypto being anon based and NFTs being completely unregulated, the seller can claim they're the og artist with zero verification that the work is not stolen. This defeats the whole "purpose" of NFTs and having the whole history of ownership of a work.
The selling points I see constantly about NFTs are all false. There is no true "decentralization" or ability for the little guy to earn big bucks, only people who already have wealth truly gain anything through NFT/crypto at this point. Artists don't benefit as advertised, and often lose money (& harm the environment) on minting work that won't sell, in the rare occurrence that they're the ones actually minting their own work. It's a system that only investors serve to benefit from, and that's the whole intent and goal of crypto.
A good read, I highly recommend. And if you don't like that it's an opinion piece, fair, but at least click through the links in the article.
Lastly, if you want truly unique and custom art that nobody else owns, just simply commission an artist. Cheaper, does not waste energy and harm the environment via cryptofarms/blockchain, higher quality, truly custom to you.
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