Storytelling Plus Technology Equals Freedom: Author Jason Primrose

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

โ€œ[205Z] was my anchor in Web3,” said Primrose, author of 205Z: Time and Salvation and co-host of LorePlay on Rug Radio. “Taking a futuristic sci-fi world and turning it into a collectible experience.”

For Primrose, storytelling is freedom, and being able to tap into her imagination allowed her to do anything.

“By reclaiming my writing and storytelling power, it opened me up to freedom in terms of technology, lifestyle and relationships,” Primrose said.

Web3 stands on the shoulders of giants. Science fiction has played an important if underappreciated role in the development of digital currency, art, and the 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 Artemysia-X began her storytelling journey before she got involved with Web3.

“When Web3 came along,” he said, “I realized that this is a much better model for authors to build [intellectual property] they own and control with the possibility of abundance.

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

“I’m really passionate about multiplayer media, first coined by Tim Shel,” explained Artemysia-X. “Immersive and participatory experiences, that’s how I started creating rewards programs for Rug Radio.”

Artemysia-X says that what fascinates him most about storytelling on Web3 is the blockchain, and he has used various chains to produce digital content. In addition to creating programs, Artemysia-X is the writer behind the Saiba Gang manga that uses the Solana blockchain and is a loremaster of several projects, including Broccoli DAO’s Cybervillainz NFT collection, and co-host of the LorePlay podcast on Rug Radio.

“In Web3, the community is what creates value for a project,” said Artemysia-X. “When a participant generates value, it is only fair that they receive value in return.”

Artemysia-X says that as attention is being drawn to the new oil, the people who come to these projects and pay their attention are giving away something of incredible value.

“Literature as a medium is often left behind,” Primrose said. “When we think about what is fundamental to everything, from music to a movie script, everything is written first.”

Primrose says there is an opportunity to champion literature and literacy by bringing it to the tech realm first rather than last.

“Literature may not be as sexy as movies or music,” he said. “But it’s still powerful; we should be champions of that and empower people to create stories associated with the technology.”

โ€œTechnology has to move in parallel with the creative side,โ€ added Kas Vegas, community head at Feature, the company behind โ€œHuxley,โ€ an Ethereum NFT comic series by artist Ben Mauro that is dedicated to tokens. non-expendable and to the future. of intellectual property rights. “While most focus on how lucrative NFTs are, what drew me to the space was the issues.”

She said that one of the problems was a lack of diversity and representation in the space.

“So for Feature and Huxley, we cast a great 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’d have to rebuild from the ground up, even though he’s coming from a huge network to the community.”

“Nobody was doing IP and chain licensing,” Vegas said. โ€œIf you think of the blockchain as a public ledger for transactions, that’s great, but what else can we make transparent on the blockchain? Can we make agreements, licenses, and intellectual property transparent? It’s that intricate balance between technology and creativity that comes together to meet halfway and push the boundaries.”

“So in terms of the storytelling and the creatives that have been involved in our community, we basically literally stepped out of our community, our collection of karma,” added Metagood COO Amanda Terry. โ€œWe have created wealth for our community and social good,โ€ Terry said, pointing to an on-chain auction of an on-chain NFT monkey that raised 12.5 ETH. Proceeds from the auction went to UNICEF’s Giga connect project, which brings the Internet to schools around the world.

“One more example of storytelling,” Terry continued, “Last Saturday, Julia Landauer was the only female driver in a NASCAR race and we have a jumpsuit with a chain on her car, we created racing jackets that are going to be sold at Fred Segal on 95 % of the proceeds will go to Julia and 5% to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), a non-profit organization that she wants to support.”

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

“[Having] 1,000 to 2,000 people who want to read and consume my stories, that’s making a living,” he said. “People can do that.”

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

For Artemysia-X, the goal is to democratize storytelling and not have it isolated within corporate entities. “Culture is a story,” added Artemysia-X, “Everything we interact with is based on a matrix of stories; the people who tell the stories are the ones who create our concepts of reality and ourselves.”

As for the current crop of independent “metaverses” being developed today, Primrose said the idea behind Web3 is about freedom. Still, Primrose questions how free we can be if we lock ourselves in digital worlds.

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

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

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