To reiterate my position on web3:
1. A decentralized, democratized system which rewards users for participating rather than concentrating rewards in early winners is a great idea.
2. None, zero, nil of the current web3 projects come anywhere close to doing this.
Call it the "horseless carriage" problem or the "online magazine" problem. The first version of stuff built on a new technology uselessly replicates the old technology instead of using the strengths of the new medium. That's where we are right now; web3 things are bad copies.
It is *theoretically* possible to build decentralized systems of the kinds that get web3 folks excited. The first time I see one of those I will get excited. Until then, people prematurely declaring victory in solving one of the hardest problems in computing will get eye rolls.
In the meantime, web3 folks, you would get a lot further showing me something that's smart rather than getting mad at me for calling stupid things stupid.

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