So let’s start! Tell us a bit about yourself. For example, name, profession, and personal interests.
My name’s Sam White and I work as a writer. I’m qualified as a journalist, so I think some of what I do falls into that category. Personally, I’m interested in the things I write about, so right now that’s art, tech, and NFTs in particular.
I wrote about NFTs, and specifically about the claim that they’re somehow invalidated by the fact that you can right-click and save an image for free. This is a misunderstanding of why people collect art (and other things), and ignores the importance of provenance and scarcity, and why we value proof of ownership.
Now I write about NFTs and crypto, but in the past I’ve written about all kinds of things: politics, music, sports, travel. I actually find the NFT niche way more fascinating than other areas though, because it’s volatile and almost out-of-control, for better or worse.
It’s massively disruptive, unregulated and undefined, anyone can jump in (both good and bad actors), and I kind of like that some people are evangelical about it, while others really get irate about it. No shortage of drama, basically!
Hectic recently, and defined nowadays by remoteness - as in, not being connected to local geography. So, it’s totally removed from the idea of being a journalist covering a local beat, with a regular schedule.
Now you have deadlines that correspond to time zones you’re not in, you’re connecting with people all around the world, working in different currencies. Which makes you think about how it would be better not to need banks and area-specific money, how crypto enables borderless systems, and how the metaverse might function.
It’s a challenge making as sure as you can that you have an accurate grasp on the technical aspects of what you’re writing about. You don’t want to be that writer who makes errors regarding how the tech works, and annoys developers. Although that’s actually a good thing (figuring out how things work, not annoying developers), because it makes you learn.
A 10,000 piece PFP rug pull, and then head for the hills. No, not really. Just keep getting a better understanding of what’s happening with the tech, observe how it’s panning out in the real world, and write about it to the best of my ability, taking a broad perspective.
The majority of my pleasures are guilty, but thankfully I’m shameless and I don’t feel guilty about them at all… heavy metal, budget horror movies, 70s sitcoms, cheap bourbon, fast food… all good, bring it on.
I’m really bad at it, but I love surfing and would spend every day at the beach if I could, whatever the season.
I suspect it will be more about NFTs, the metaverse, bitcoin, blockchain, crypto, because to me these are the most exciting, unpredictable, and widely disruptive things happening right now, in this chaotic period of time.
Whatever is happening, zoom out. Zoom out is a philosophy of everything.