Proof of Social Media (PoSM) is a CoinSpice quick take on the ecosystem’s temperature through the lense of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter, and wherever else sentiment can be observed. BTC supremacists are without irony gravitating to Grin; Bitconnect Carlos is back; Crypt0 is woke, and PoSM can’t be more in evidence than the FACECRIME phenomenon.
“In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.” George Orwell, 1984.
For those unfamiliar, American politics rests exactly between two narrow poles: Trump supporters, Trump haters. It really doesn’t get more nuanced. This weekend, a Kentucky Catholic all boys school traveled to Washington, DC in support of a March for Life rally. While waiting for their bus, adult participants gathered for an Indigenous Peoples’ March. The two groups seemed to accidentally find one another, and, well, the rest is PoSM history.
Social media picked up on an exchange between a teen, decked out in the iconic Trump hat, and a Native American elder, the former smirking or smiling or not while the latter chanted and beat a drum. The two were inches apart, and social media outrage quickly grew to fever pitches as it seemed obvious the teen and his buddies were harassing a Native elder involved in a sacred practice, mocking him even.
It’s beyond the scope of CoinSpice’s PoSM column to break down all that happened, but it is safe to write at least two lessons can be gleaned from its fallout. One, social media is insanely powerful, and two, legacy press is far too willing to substitute manufactured outrage and mobism for actual analysis. Crypto folks know both really well, and the entire affair seems a pretty great way to begin PoSM for 2019. Joe Rogan single-handedly brought more light and clarity than the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN combined — no fancy journalism “degree” needed.
BTC Supremes Unironically Champion Grin
BTC supremacists tout their principled stand: there is one cryptocurrency, and one forever. Never sell, no matter the circumstances. All other coins are scams.
Bitconnect Carlos is Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
Living meme Carlos Matos from the Bitconnect scam, made famous from his gone-viral singing of what was a giant ponzi scheme, has dusted off his charm. He’s back: tan, rested, ready.
Crypt0 is Woke
Omar Bham runs a fun YouTube show with nice production values. He covers the cryptocurrency space, and he’s relatively well known. He has some thoughts.
Lie, Block, Coerce
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