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Bitcoin dominance/conflation hurts all Crypto

I was reading a recent AARP magazine article (yes, I am that old) entitled "Digital Valuables: They're hot, so handle them with care" which was talking about Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and said, 

"More recently, digital collectibles such as trading cards and art - employing some of Bitcoin's underlying technologies - have also experienced big jumps in public attention and prices."

This characterization of Ethereum NFTs as mere "Bitcoin underlying technologies" is a horrible conflation that really demonstrates the "all Cryptos are Bitcoin" mindset in our never-ending quest to dumb everything down.  So, if there is no differentiation between Blockchain 1.0 and Blockchain 2.0 - the evolution of crypto-currencies is slowed down by implicitly connecting the value of all cryptocurrencies to the value of Bitcoin.  In my opinion, this is a big mistake.

Of course, the answer is not less writing but MORE writing: this time by people who know what they are talking about and can explain it well.  So, I applaud everyone writing on this platform and our readers for actually taking the time to understand the differences between cryptocurrencies and how the entire industry is evolving.  Clearly, we have a lot of work to do in educating the general public!


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Michael Daconta is a well-known technology author of 13 technical books, 1 non-fiction book, and thousands of articles and blog posts. He has authored and co-authored books on Java, XML, C, C++, info management, and cloud computing.

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