Storytelling Plus Technology Equals Freedom: Author Jason Primrose – Decrypt


More than almost any industry before it, Web3 owes its existence to science fiction and the storytellers that created the digital world that developers are now trying to recreate. At Camp Decrypt, a group of Web3 creators and futurists including Jason Michael Primrose, Amanda Terry, Artemisia-X and Kas Vegas sat down with moderator Shira Lazar to discuss storytelling in Web3.

,[205Z] I had an anchor in Web 3,” says Primrose, author of 205Z: Time and Salvation and co-host of Lorplay on Rag Radio. “Taking a sci-fi, futuristic world and making it a collecting experience.”

For Primrose, storytelling is freedom, and because she could use her imagination, she could do anything.

“As I reclaimed the power of my writing and storytelling, it opened me up to freedom in technology, lifestyle and relationships,” said Primrose.

Web3 stands on the shoulders of giants. Science fiction has played an important but underappreciated role in the development of digital currencies, art and a growing number of projects calling themselves Web3. From Isaac Asimov’s Artificial Intelligence, William Gibson’s Cyberspace, and Neal Stephenson’s Metaverse.

Like Primrose, digital nomad Artemisia-X began her storytelling journey before joining Web3.

“When Web3 came along,” he said, “I realized it was a better model for writers to build [intellectual property] which they own and control with the potential for abundance.”

In June 2021, Artemisia-X launched the collaborative storytelling project “The Book of Worlds”.

“I’m really passionate about multiplayer media, first conceived by Tim Schell,” explains Artemisia-X. “Immersive, participatory experiences, that’s how I started creating the rewards program for Rug Radio.”

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Artemisia-X says what she likes most about storytelling in Web3 is blockchain, and that she has used a number of chains to produce digital content. In addition to producing programs, Artemisia-X is the author of Saiba gang Manga Solana uses the blockchain and is a loremaster for several projects, including Broccoli DAO’s CyberVillainz NFT collection, and co-host of the loreplay podcast on Rag Radio.

Artemisia-X said, “In Web3, community is what adds value to a project.” “If a participant adds value, it is only fair that he also receives value in return.”

Artemisia-X says that since meditation is called the new oil, the people who come into these projects and give their attention are giving away something of incredible value.

“Literature as a medium is often left behind,” says Primrose. “When we think about what’s going to happen, from the music to the script to the movie, it’s all written first.”

Primrose says there is an opportunity to promote literature and literacy, putting it first in the tech sector rather than last.

“Literature can’t be as sexy as film or music,” he said. “But it’s still powerful; we need to advocate for it and empower people to create stories around technology.”

“Technology needs to move forward in parallel with the creative side,” said Casas Vegas, Head of Community at Features, the company behind “Huxley,” an Ethereum NFT comic series by artist Ben Mauro dedicated to non-fungible tokens and the future. Is. of intellectual property rights. “While most focus on how attractive NFTs are, what attracted me was the space.”

He said one of the problems was the lack of diversity and representation in space.

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“So for the feature and Huxley, we brought in a big Web2 artist, Ben Morrow, who did Call of Duty and Halo Infinite,” Vegas said. “We brought him into this crazy world where we promised him this whole community that we would have to rebuild from scratch, even though he came from a bigger web in the community.”

“No one was doing IP and licensing on-chain,” Vegas said. “If you see blockchain as a ledger for transactions, that’s great, but what else can we make transparent on a blockchain? Can we make transactions, licenses and IP transparent? There is a complex balance between technology and creativity coming together. Meet halfway and cross boundaries.”

Metagood COO Amanda Terry said, “So in terms of storytelling and creatives involved in our community, we actually came from our community, our Karma collection.” “We have created wealth for our community and social welfare,” said Terry, who led an on-chain auction of an on-chain monkey NFT, which fetched 12.5 ETH. Proceeds from the auction went to UNICEF’s GigaConnect project, which brings the Internet to schools around the world.

“Another example of storytelling,” Terry continued, “Last Saturday, Julia Landauer was the only female driver in a NASCAR race and she has an on-chain monkey on her car. We made race jackets that are sold at Fred Segal 95 % of the proceeds go to Julia and 5% to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), the non-profit organization she wants to support.

Primrose describes her book series “The Lost Children of Andromeda” as a path to freedom through literature. And while having millions of followers is an ambition, having a dedicated community of readers is more important and attainable.

,[Having] One thousand to two thousand people who want to read and consume my stories, that’s the cost,” he said. “People can.”

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Primrose says the plan for the “Lost Children” ecosystem is to build a community that can continually create stories and is invested in the growth of the world because they are a part of it. Primrose envisions this community as a tokenized, read-to-earn system where readers can earn collectibles from their favorite books by reading their stories.

For Artemysia-X, the goal is to democratize storytelling, not lock it into corporate entities. “Culture is a story,” said Artemisia-X, “everything we interact with is based on a matrix of stories; the people who tell the stories create the reality and our concepts of ourselves.

Looking at the current crop of standalone “metaverse” developing today, Primrose said the idea behind Web3 is about freedom. Still, Primrose wonders how free we can be if we lock ourselves in the digital world.

Primrose says the goal should be to create a space where people can explore, connect with others, and thrive in the virtual world.

Primrose said, “The philosophy behind Web3 is interesting and a bit utopian.” “But when we’re trapped in our own minds, it doesn’t matter what freedom is accessible outside of us.”

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