NFTNOW Can Do Better
As much as I appreciate recognition for my hard work, I understand the complexities of lists.
It's a double-edged sword - on the one hand, being included in a list can be exciting and validating, but on the other hand, who decides who should and shouldn't?
There's no denying that lists can be complicated, and often, opinions come raining down about who has been "snubbed" or unfairly left out.
Trust me; I've been there. But at the end of the day, being included in a list shouldn't be the sole source of validation for anyone.
Lists have been a popular tool for organizing information for centuries. However, they can be problematic when biased, clout-driven, and triggering for specific individuals.
This is especially true for those with firsthand experience with bad actors within specific spaces.
Despite its initial intentions to recognize excellence and merit, most top 100 lists have proven time and time again to be a flawed system.
Take, for instance, the example of the American education system during the early 20th century. The top 100 list of schools was used as a means of promoting the best performing schools and educators but failed to address the underlying issues of inequality and discrimination.
Schools in predominantly Black or low-income areas were systematically pushed out of the top rankings, despite the exceptional efforts of the teachers and staff there.
The top 100 only served to maintain a status quo of educational privilege, rather than promoting equal access and opportunity for all students.
This historical example serves as a stark reminder that seemingly objective lists and rankings often fail to take into consideration the nuanced complexities of systemic inequality.
And no, I don't believe it's ever too soon to start recognizing and celebrating the hard-working individuals who contribute to a community's growth and success.
While I understand making a list of the top 100 people is a daunting task, it's essential to showcase the diverse range of talents and efforts that make up a thriving community.
The key to a successful list is not only recognizing those who have already made an impact but also shining a spotlight on up-and-coming individuals who have the potential to create significant change.
I think it's crucial to remember that any list should prioritize serving the community's needs rather than simply satisfying the desires of those who created it.
By raising awareness and showing appreciation for community members' contributions, we can foster a more cohesive and engaged group that continues to grow and improve.
As a longtime supporter of NFTNOW, I have always admired their dedication to elevating the NFT community and promoting healthy practices.
However, recent events have left me feeling disheartened and concerned, and I must express my disappointment in how the Nicole Behnam situation was handled.
As our world continues to emphasize gender equality, it becomes increasingly important to examine how gender biases influence our decisions.
This phenomenon highlights the underlying inequalities within our society, where women are often discounted and undervalued.
As someone who has previously raised a red flag about problematic men on your list, I understand the challenge of balancing different perspectives and opinions.
But when it comes to issues of gender inequality and safety, we cannot afford to stay complacent.
I urge you to take a closer look at the standards and values of the NFT100 and to make sure they reflect the inclusivity and accountability that we need in this space.
The first step is to conduct a deep dive into these individuals' social media presence, examining their past posts and engagement patterns.
Additionally, you can leverage outside resources to monitor for any red flags, like racist, sexist and dangerous behavior.
Finally, building strong relationships with these people can provide invaluable insights into their motivations and preferences.
It's easy to get caught up in the hype surrounding the "list."
But here's the thing: the list is only as important as we make it out to be.
While it can be an ego boost to see our name on it, we shouldn't let it dictate our behavior or become overly fixated on it.
At the end of the day, it's just a snapshot in time and doesn't necessarily reflect our true worth or potential.
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