If you were alive before 1995 or so, you can attest that the internet changed everything. Before the internet, finding movie listings meant grabbing a newspaper or calling the theater. Getting a menu meant driving to the restaurant and going inside. To buy tickets for a concert, you had to go to a record store and stand in a long line. Renting a movie meant driving to a blockbuster and going through the boxes. Banking also meant writing someone a check with pen and paper.
The internet changed all that. Some would argue that things are better than they used to be, while others might question that notion. One of the things that has emerged recently is blockchain technology, which makes tracking monetary transactions more secure since they all have an unbreakable connection to a theoretically unhackable database.
And from the blockchain, people have found new ways to create value where there was none before. One of these new ideas is called “NFT”, which stands for “Non-Fungible Tokens”. A non-fungible token is a digital item that according to Forbes:
“Is a digital asset that represents real-world objects such as art, music, in-game items, and videos. They are bought and sold online, often with cryptocurrency, and are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos.”
Since 2017, people have more than spent $174 million for pictures and art categorized as NFT. Some big brands like Adidas, Taco Bell, Budweiser and Coca-Cola are also experimenting with NFTs. presumably for marketing purposes.
writer Catherine Buchholz categorized many of the other brands that sell NFTs for a profit. Buchholz explained how luxury brands like Givency, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are into NFTs, but they were disappointed with the results of their sales. According to Buchholz, Givency only made $159,000 and Gucci only $25,000 for an NFT film.
NFTs are also associated with the release of harmful pollutants, as The Verge explains.
Star Trek NFTs
So, April 6th, 2022, the official website for the Star Trek franchise shared some news for fans:
“Today, Paramount Global and RECUR announced that Star Trek will be the first NFT digital collection to depart from their multi-year partnership to bring Paramount’s beloved entertainment brands and characters to the metaverse. Fans will be able to access digital Star Trek collectibles starting April 9th Paramount.xyzthe online portal to access Paramount’s iconic intellectual property and cherished franchises in the form of NFTs.”
That means fans can buy digital items — like photos, illustrations, film clips, audio, and more — that get tied directly to the blockchain. An NFT purchased by a fan is only available in digital format and cannot be purchased by anyone else.
This announcement did not go down well with Star Trek fans. Some fans have pointed out that the future Star Trek promises is one where money has no value. People work together to achieve great things. Greed, hunger and war are things of the past. The idea of buying Star Trek themed NFTs misleads many.
A fan and the finger
Fans have spoken out against the new Trek-themed NFTs. Some note that the “Fanbase is practically rabid.” Another Trek fan admitted he loathed the ‘abort culture,’ but “I would definitely support canceling NFT projects.”
NFTs and Star Trek: Mission Chicago
As one of largest and most prominent Trek conventions of the year, which began on April 8, 2022 in Chicago, fans vented their displeasure.
A fan tweeted that he felt sorry for Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones as the actors were involved in “such a terrible, environmentally unfriendly product.” Another fan posted that NFTs were a “scam.” And the Strange new pod team tweeted a video saying, “NFTs don’t belong in ‘Star Trek’.”
Lt. Stamets replies
Anthony Rapp, known to Trek fans as Lt. Paul Stamets on Star Trek: Discovery. responded to the criticism with a series of comments on Twitter today in the spirit of “learning and growing together in these new spaces”.
“RECUR has worked with Carbon Portfolio Advisors and the American Carbon Registry to develop carbon neutral NFTs,” said Rapp said on Twitter. “I’ve also been made aware that new technologies continue to be developed to further minimize the impact of blockchains, which I’m very relieved to hear.”
Some fans are still upset, even after Rapp’s explanation.
“I admire your work on disco” A fan reacted to Rapp. “I guess you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, your fans and your employers. I will vote with my wallet. No ‘Star Trek’ NFTs for me. Even if I could dismiss the environmental impact and dizziness, I couldn’t be less interested in trying it.”
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