Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
The former U.S. president, Donald Trump, announced last week an online store to sell $99 digital trading cards of himself as a superhero, an astronaut, an Old West sheriff, and a series of other fantastical figures. He made his pitch in a brief, direct-to-camera video in which he audaciously declared that his four years in the White House were “better than Lincoln, better than Washington.”
These digital trading cards, which Trump says are similar to baseball cards, are actually nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, that effectively allow a person to claim ownership of a digital file. They’re to baseball cards what Bitcoins are to paper money. Revenue from the sale of these cards will go to Trump personally under a licensing deal. None of the proceeds will be provided to his 2024 presidential campaign.
So my question to you is simply this:
What do you think of Trump’s digital trading cards? Do you think it reflects a sound business and/or political strategy? Do you think it’s ridiculous and is something undignified for a former U.S. President (and 2024 presidential candidate) to do? Or do you have no opinion one way or the other?
Just so you know, Trump’s “limited edition” collection of digital trading cards sold out in less than a day, generating $4.5 million in sales for him. Did any of you, by any chance, buy one?
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