WWJD?

This week I’ve been quoting Duane Jones’s 1955 book on marketing and business practices. What would Jones say about Bitcoin and Metaverse and NFT? Facebook is primarily an advertising agency, so it certainly fits inside the topic.

Jones couldn’t have imagined such MAGNIFICENT STUPIDITY. He worked in a period (1930-1960) when businesses functioned on PROFIT, not SHARE VALUE, and businesses and media were strictly regulated to INSURE competition and to REMOVE fraud. Antitrust, SEC enforcement, Fairness Doctrine. Not much room for stupidity.

Idiotic shit like NFTs wouldn’t have made it to the discussion stage, let alone the main pride and joy of a giant corporation. The profit motive requires products to be meaningful and useful. Abstract idiocy can only thrive in a Share Value world where capitalists can suck free counterfeit from the central bank without any penalties.

Another difference is more important. Jones focused most of his advertising on women, who were the primary customers in that era. Women appreciate beauty and glamour as an appeal, but demand functionality in products like soap and food and kitchen utensils and automobiles.

The whole blockchain enterprise, iconized by NFTs, appeals ONLY to young males with little experience of the world. NFTs are anti-beautiful, anti-glamorous, and perfectly anti-functional. There’s absolutely no purpose or value in owning an abstract number that refers indirectly to an UGLY abstract picture somewhere in the ether. Males enjoy thinking and talking in numbers, whether it’s baseball statistics or car statistics or stock trading or bitcoin trading. Bitcoin offers nothing that a 1950s housewife would even want to think about, let alone pay real money to “own”.

RTFM, idiot.

In Kirn’s continuing discussion of misdefinition, one commenter says:

Half-seriously just waiting at this point for the Regime to redefine election victory:
“Ballot totals are only part of the story. To truly understand who won an election, we need to take a holistic look at a number of variables…”

That’s not a wild ironic redefinition, that’s PRECISELY EXACTLY LITERALLY VERBATIM PRIMA FACIE what the 1787 Constitution says. The Electoral College is a controllable ‘holistic’ simulation, with ZERO input from actual votes. It’s ENTIRELY manipulated by the power structure. The states MAY CHOOSE to let actual votes be ONE of the influences, but they are NOT REQUIRED to solicit or count or use actual votes.

This is NOT A FUCKING MYSTERY or a SECRET CONSPIRACY THEORY, it’s PERFECTLY EXPLICIT in the document.

Irresistible attraction

I’ve been hammering on the strange shibboleth of bitcoin. Influencers who are realistic and skeptical about most topics are selling bitcoin. Influencers who are realistic and skeptical about bitcoin are utterly insane about other topics.

At the corporate level this balance doesn’t apply. Nearly all corporations have tried to get on the bitcoin train at one time or another. It makes sense for larger corporations with plenty of spare cash and resources. For them it’s a small bet that could yield a profit. No big deal if it fails.

Bitcoin is an irresistible attraction for small companies that can’t afford to throw money in the toilet. Was it designed and pushed BY large companies for this purpose?

This one caught my attention because I didn’t realize a company was still doing Betty Boop cartoons.

The studio behind Betty Boop decided there was no better time to launch a Betty Boop NFT collection than during a period of record low interest in NFTs (or, more likely, they started the project during the NFT craze and decided they’d sunk too much money into it to pull the plug). The Betty Boop Twitter account announced Boop & Frens, an 8,888-piece NFT collection.

Reception on Twitter was brutal, with one person commenting, “And that’s another one for Beloved Icons Ruined By Pyramid Scheme Bingo”.

Boop’s original writers would have slammed NFT to the ground. Grampy, the Rube Goldberg inventor, would have designed an NFT Machine with an infinite number of useless parts that do a bunch of stuff, leading to ultimate failure.

A company that relies on Twitter for its advertising should be READING Twitter to get a sense of likely success. NFT was an extremely short bubble, peaking for about three months and then totally imploding. Anyone who tries to follow the subject has seen the repeated ultimate failures. If you’ve been spending money on a project that will clearly bring nothing but ridicule, the smart move is to quietly halt the project and avoid the shame. (Every company, small or large, starts a BUNCH of projects that fail for all sorts of reasons. Knowing when to holdem or foldem is an everyday process, not a rare Swan Of Colour.)

Later thought: The word attraction may be the key. For small business bitcoin isn’t about profit. Bitcoin is corporate perfume, corporate eyelashes. If we apply enough bitcoin, we will be irresistibly attractive to those rich venture capitalists cruising the strip in their Lambos.

NO! THAT’S NOT THE FUCKING POINT!

Cited by Batya:

“The most reliable cure for confirmation bias is interaction with people who don’t share your beliefs. They confront you with counterevidence and counterargument.”

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

This is the same stupid myth as “robust debate” or “academic freedom”.

Interaction is the solution, but CONFRONTATION is NOT part of the solution.

When you WORK with people of different types and beliefs on a SHARED PROJECT with a SHARED GOAL, the different types simply don’t enter into the picture. There is no confrontation, no counterevidence, no counterargument, no counternothing. All of that countershit fades into the background when everyone is MAKING THINGS or SERVING the same purpose.

Our problem is that we have stopped MAKING THINGS and deleted all SHARED PROJECTS, including military conscription.

LIFE IS PURPOSE.

If this isn’t enough….

I’ve been saying from the fucking start that fucking Bitcoin is a creation of NSA to serve Deepstate’s fucking purposes. If the last 10 fucking years of constant daily fucking proofs didn’t convince you yet, how about this?

Weaponry and cyberwar: How Bitcoin funds anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine

Enough for you? No, obviously not. You’re all fucking idiots. Fuck you.