You remind me of this thing I’ve been trying to figure out how to talk more about, “bridging polarization”.
Disclaimer: although I may sound like whatever, I’m actually very concerned about making sure things can work and progress can be made for everyone’s sake. What usually happens in a complex social organization and structure is at some point the “top” will no longer be able to be in touch with “the bottom” and, even if there was enough mutual trust or presumption of trust in the first place, it is lost as this communication breakdown and representative disconnect expands to the ultimate effect of producing yet just yet another example of history’s “civilization being so civilized”.
Seems like a challenge scoped to every approximation of our species (if you’re too sure of yourself you might miss the obvious; if no one’s willing to ask anyone else to dance the party can kind of be a bummer; if students segregate themselves too willingly all the time how much real education about who they really all are can happen; if corporate culture turns into cliques then how much profitable productivity is lost when colleagues intentionally avoid each other; if grass roots and institutional organization about a (“not so smart”) social contract becomes too hostile to itself so it can’t even begin to find out how to approach a balance of its collective representation, how stable is society really?)
One thing I’ve come to understand that is existing digital “markets” almost can’t even seem to understand that a user can be more than a user, but actually the one responsible for the production of the value that then is able to be capitalized upon. However, because a user is “just a user” (“if the product’s free, are you sure you’re not the product?”) it seems independently qualifying and enumerating (“distributed, decentralized tokenization”) their creative and productive value is impossible for web2 and legacy architectures, if not also simply incompatible with their financial models (which we already do now, but…)
What I’m trying to say is if “we” step back and keep in mind that a user is a human being who is capable of being more than a source of a market or even token value, “we” can recognize that this new tool we have is making it possible for us developers to empower users because now any user, if they have enough technical functional literacy to use a dapp (and if they don’t, educating and on-boarding them only helps the network grow and become more resilient), they can be initially regarded with the respect of being able to make the decisions of how and why they participate and contribute to the digital world in all the ways they may want to (or not). Even become developers themselves (with more and more “no code solutions”–which, just fyi, someone is still coding that for it to work in the first place).
I think this is a pivotal difference–even, and this may not be welcome imho–what happens if the consolidation of technological control expands as a result of more people being capable of being more directly involved in the technology that they use to manage and interact with the “modern world”?
Maybe this is not a problem for anyone other than traditional web2 developers who’d want to actively stop such a thing from happening, as it means they’d have less stake in their “exclusive custodian” control of how the digital world runs, and it might be upsetting for those who fund them as well.
Thanks for the article, it looks worth the read!
I came across a talk by one of the cofounders of the Echonest, a 2 person team out of MIT that built a music database (1 did music theory, other did all the linguistic analysis). I can no longer find the original video (interestingly enough), but here is talking about the same things:
The point he had made in the original video, was that “blockbuster” feed algorithms actually automatically censor anyone who does not have enough initial traction from even showing up in the feed to begin with. So the garage band we’d come to know as Radiohead might never have gotten enough critical mass because everyone’s receptive awareness was delimited, unbeknownst to them, by the music industry platform itself. Going to the other side of the continuum, this is also why distributed decentralized actually preserves the uniqueness of existence of our species, or can anyways. Seems like kind of obvious in hindsight, but how many problems often find their source in an imperceptible switch?