Upon closer investigation it isn't such a strong project. To much aesthetic gesturing, too little engaging with the actual material.
First of all, I was really annoyed at the inflated nunbers of SE/LE in the listings. Clearly fake. Then the fact the magnet links point to the jpg rather than a magnet uri is also a -. Turns out this is because everything is in a monolithic torrent, which kind of makes sense. I never proceeded to download it because it was 1.7TiB. However, turns out it is only 10GB of actual data and the rest are zero-padded files??? https://mobile.twitter.com/zhuowei/status/1461576936241733638
Further crappy things are the total appropriation of razor 1911 crew messaging and *name* just as decoration. Nothing is provided on the cultural context etc.
So yeah the whole thing was made for the shooting star effect (shines brightly, but briefly) on twitter, rather than a more thorough multi-sided work. A really interesting statement could have been made along the lines of 'this is what decentralization looks like', introducing a new generation of people to p2p networks and filesharing culture but alas.
@rra but to be really honest, "we can steal your JPEGs" has never really been the most acute criticism of NFTs. It's not like that goddamn mess would be any better if their Boring Apes were strongly DRMed.
That Billion Dollar NFT Torrent feels more like a meme, the elaborate version of Twitter trolls reposting downloaded profile pics in NFT threads.
@yhancik Yes, I completely agree with you that 'Right Click' has never been the strongest retort to NFT. However, what I found exciting is how this work (in my admittedly too generous reading) seemed to connect different cultures of 'decentralization'. A latter one based on quick money schemes and infrastructure for the formation and reinforcement of elite cliques based on purchasing power and a former one based on generosity, free access to information and the understanding that scarcitiy within the digital is arbitrary and unlogical.
Also he seems to have minted the thing itself so...
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