Jesse Powell, a founder and the chief executive of Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, recently asked his employees, “If you can identify as a sex, can you identify as a race or ethnicity?”
He also questioned their use of preferred pronouns and led a discussion about “who can refer to another person as the N word.”
And he told workers that questions about women’s intelligence and risk appetite compared with men’s were “not as settled as one might have initially thought.”
In the process, Mr. Powell, a 41-year-old Bitcoin pioneer, ignited a culture war among his more than 3,000 workers, according to interviews with five Kraken employees, as well as internal documents, videos and chat logs reviewed by The New York Times. Some workers have openly challenged the chief executive for what they see as his “hurtful” comments. Others have accused him of fostering a hateful workplace and damaging their mental health. Dozens are considering quitting, said the employees, who did not want to speak publicly for fear of retaliation.
Would hardly be out of character for this crowd (present company excepted, of course).
I'm talking about this with some folks in JournoDAO, so I'll just cross-post it here. All of the following posts are mine, from Discord.
I think it's true. I'm 2/3 through the video now, and so far I'm of the opinion that BAYC was/is a masterpiece of "post-ironic racist" trolling.
I have doubts about this, seeing as the team behind the project is very multicultural. Two of the four guys are Jewish, one is Pakistani, and one is Cuban, I believe.I think the creators may even be neo-nazis, underneath all the crypticism and irony.
Yeah I think the experience of sufficient friction, in terms of comfortably assimilating into the culture around you, is causal to a lot of this.Its interesting how the society-loathing basement isolation of early internet circles has managed to monetise and commercialise the group alienation in such a dramatic way; arguably one of the greatest tricks of all in modern terms. I suppose it is inevitable given that the digital society increases "our" need to develop these online circles and perpetuate these quasi-affirmation structures to satiate the dopamine needs.
But- as these circles inevitably structure themselves around specific tastes i guess it only serves to lead to the exclusion of other spectrums of culture or taste, hence all those bored ape conventions and the dramatic need for these "owners" to attempt to emblazen their internet (supposed) personality, much akin to the way that lads into crypto seemingly can't talk about anything else etc
These groups are born out of the isolation though, really; i cant see many publicly sociable top shaggers flocking to online NFT marketplace drops or being obsessed with ape jpegs. Not to say that running around with a million women is the be all and end all but i use this as a way to demark the social success. So if you are looking to market your deep-level iceberg theory surreptitious racism then surely creating this niche shite for marginal internet quarters is a perfect route. Plus a lot of these IT lads do make good money now too
As for accelerationism and it's relation towards dark enlightenment, its strange to think that i only really know about this because i read dissensus to see what semi-intelligent (i use this term lightly) lads typed about grime. I guess in a sense the marginal white music internet nerd is just another degree of these insignificant communities that develop outside the mainstream, though at least the music one is born out of enjoying community and getting on it in the clubs.
As opposed to manifesting your own personal failures in life outside of academia into the loathing of the structures that allow for structural freedom. Really it is all born out of failure to fit into conventional societal success, i think; all of these things are an attempt to project your own failings in a way that forces others to confirm to your personal sorrow
Thats enough of that