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CURRENT EVENT | JANUARY 14, 2022

Debate: Does Digital Art Have Value?

Is a digital drawing worth $69 million? That’s the price someone recently paid for an NFT, or non-fungible token, of an online collage. NFTs are like certificates of authenticity that confirm ownership of a piece of digital art, including photos, tweets, or memes. They can be bought and sold, just like traditional art, and many people consider them smart investments. Others say NFT prices are hugely inflated and question whether NFTs should be considered “art.” It remains to be seen whether digital works will hold their value the way traditional artwork does. Listen to hear how NFTs are upending the art world and then debate: Does digital art have value?

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  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

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  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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