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Something that gets obscured in the ongoing nft debates is the question of a culture of commodification. If we put all else aside (i.e. ecological impact etc) there's still a question of furthering/accelerating an economic culture of commodification, transactionalism, etc.

If part of art is shaping culture, which I believe it is, then what culture are we shaping? What systems do we participate in, reject, change, and create? It doesn't have to be either/or, if can be both.

But think about which systems you engage in because "we live in a society" and which ones you are actively working to produce and maintain. These things don't just exist by some divine right, they are made and need to be continually produced.

Where are you putting your active effort? What systems, institutions, and cultures does that aim to actively produce? Versus where you put your passive or necessary effort, for instance to earn enough to pay rent.

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