15 years ago, the social media application Twitter was launched. You might have heard of it, it’s pretty big. Initially, the microblogging and social networking service was a friendly place, packed full of helpful articles and adorable videos. In a recent article, aptly titled ‘How Twitter ruined everything,’ the author Douglas Murray wrote, somewhat nostalgically, “It all started out so well.” Jack Dorsey’s brainchild was once, believe it or not, fun. People used the platform to say wacky things, but fun wacky, not QAnon wacky. Oh, how times have changed.
Twitter, in many ways, has gone from being a heavenly place to an utterly hellish one: A once Edenic environment has become a dystopian nightmare. Cat videos have been replaced by catty comments, with more and more people using the platform to unleash tweetstorms — a stream of consciousness in 280 characters or less.
Jackson Palmer, the co-creator of Dogecoin (DOGE), is the latest to use Twitter for such purposes. In a tweetstorm of epic proportions, Palmer managed to capture the attention of both crypto-enthusiasts and critics, calling cryptocurrencies “an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology.” The whole industry, according to the inventor, is an exploitative hustle, capitalizing on the naivety of the less well off. According to Palmer:
The cryptocurrency industry leverages a network of shady business connections, bought influencers and pay-for-play media outlets to perpetuate a cult-like “get rich quick” funnel designed to extract new money from the financially desperate and naive.
— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) July 14, 2021
News flash, Mr. Palmer: You just described the world we live in. The world’s 2,000 billionaires possess more wealth than almost 5 billion people combined. This is one of the very reasons why Bitcoin (BTC) was launched in the first place. The world is rigged in a way that allows the super-rich to profit while the world burns. This might sound hyperbolic, but I assure you it’s not.
In this inherently corrupt world, decent cryptocurrencies — like Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin, for example — do offer the non-billionaires, all 7.8 billion of us, some degree of hope. As the barriers to entry are virtually non-existent, with basic knowledge, a willingness to educate oneself on the topic and a reasonably small amount of money, one can make decent profits from decent cryptocurrencies. Of course, like everything in life, there is always a degree of risk involved; caution must always be exercised. But to write off the whole crypto-market, as Palmer did, makes little sense. If in doubt, just ask the president of El Salvador.
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