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What Doge's Cultural Economy Can Tell Us About Web 3.0

11 Nov 2021 3 minute read 0 comments Maximilian Brichta

Web 3.0 is slated to be the decentralized, open, and autonomous upgrade to Web 2.0, in which the power of production and circulation is more fairly distributed amongst the participants in the overlapping networks that comprise it. Dogecoin, as one of...

What Counts as FUD? (In the Shitcoin Space)

16 Sep 2021 3 minute read 1 comment Maximilian Brichta

Many shitcoin/meme coin Telegram groups that you might stumble into have strict no FUD policies. Some even lock the chat at convenient moments so that folks cannot voice their dismay about a project, warn that it might be a scam, or otherwise bring a...

(Not) Just Monkeying Around : Play, Proliferation, and Personae In Meme Coin Speculation

3 Jul 2021 35 minute read 0 comments Maximilian Brichta

This essay argues that the efficacy of meme coins as a speculative asset relies primarily on the proliferation of a coherent persona that represents a corresponding digital asset. As it stands, this is a working draft of an academic paper. I welcome...

Towards a Cultural Study of Crypto

31 Mar 2021 4 minute read 1 comment Maximilian Brichta

The vast majority of us folks in the crypto space are here to speculate about the economic, technological, and ideological upside of blockchain. On the first front, everyone from retail investors inspired by r/wallstreetbets to firmly established fin...