The Blockchain Debate Continues…

by Travis Mateer

I don’t have time for a proper post this morning because I’ll be participating in a homeless camp cleanup effort.

Instead I wanted to provide this link to my interview with Alison McDowell because the question of whether or not to use blockchain technology she has brought to the forefront is heating up.

Here is a portion of a comment from the post where I discuss this rift:

“One of the best critics of where technology is taking us, Alison McDowell, has been very vocal against using blockchain technology for any reason, but even a critic like McDowell doesn’t always understand her own use of technology.” … I think that sums up why this has gotten so incredibly obnoxious for Alison and others who recognize the concerns she speaks to. That statement is degrading. And to support this sentiment by pointing out “inconsistencies” in her message vs. her actions of using Odyssee as being evidence of this? 

I think a person can only take so much of this belittling and lack of attention to the underlying concern posited before they turn away. She and, even more so, her friend Bantam Joe understand blockchain technology quite well and posit very valid concerns that get marginalized on these freedom cell and other decentralization platforms. 

One of Bantam’s latest, long and detailed posts on Facebook lays out his concerns. Here is a snippet of that post; “…yes, the entire blockchain space is a trojan horse.” And, if you are a buyer of crypto, you are FEEDING the MACHINE! Yes, ALL cryptos are transacting and participating with each other in one way or another.”

Yes, let’s discuss the dangers of this technology on the wonderful platform called Facebook because providing your data to be mined by Zuck is NOT FEEDING THE MACINE. Right?

Despite McDowell’s comment on my post essentially writing me off because I “piled on” in support of seeing blockchain as a tool, I will continue promoting her research because the information she is bringing attention to is more important than high school antics.

Thanks for reading.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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1 Response to The Blockchain Debate Continues…

  1. Chuck Finney says:

    I don’t think Alison or any of us are unaware of the fact that we are all feeding the machine here. You can drag that little factoid out ad-nauseum… all the way back to the first Industrial Revolution and beyond that. I tend to think that this spirit effacing mechanism has existed all the way back to Babylon & Sumer. Signing on to life in the digital space seems to be the next layer; perhaps the final layer to the complete subjugation of humanity. Yet, we’re all here hashing it out… I’m thinking maybe all for not because we are fighting on the battlefield that was created for us, where “they” are far more savvy than “we the peoples”. (I think Sun Tzu had some wise shit to say about “defining the battlefield”).

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