NFT and Ninety-Five Theses

I absolutely love this tweet by former Britannica editor, John M. Cunningham.

Screenshot of tweet saying "Yeah, I'm into NFT". Words on the image read "MARTIN LUTHER NINETY-FIVE THESES"
A painting of Martin Luther who just nailed his 95 theses to the door.
Across the image is the text in all caps MARTIN LUTHER’S NINETY-FIVE THESES
John tweets “Yeah, I’m into NFT”.

Explanation

For those who don’t see the connect, the starting letter in each word of “Ninety-Five Theses” spells out NFT.

These days in the news, digital art has been selling for unbelieveable prices. The digital art is in the form of an NFT (Non-Fungible Token). Everyone is just stupified by NFT. Is it real? Is it silly? Do you like it?

John makes a play on this saying, “yeah, I like NFT”— the Ninety-Five Theses! Hahahaha!

Why I love this connect between NFT and Ninety-Five Theses

I’m a Lutheran (Missouri Synod), thus I’m a huge fan of Martin Luther. I’m also an artist with an occasional technological angle. Combine both of these worlds of Martin Luther and tech art, and I find this pun between NFT and Ninety-Five Theses to be absolutely hilarious.

More connections between NFT and Ninety-Five Theses

  • Both used the newest technologies of their day. Luther used the printing press to spread his writing. NFT uses blockchain.
  • Both went viral.
  • Both are disrupting standard conventions.

If you think of more connections, please leave them in the comments. I’ll update the blog post with anything new.

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