Blockchain provides an anonymous intermediary that does not require trust for objective transaction behavior, and returns wealth transfer to the hands of individuals instead of centralized control.
Unsurprisingly, this has attracted the attention of many governments. To make matters worse, supporting this technology may be misunderstood as taking a stand on your home country and may pose a huge risk to someone’s reputation. So what can we do?
Over the years, an exciting phenomenon that has emerged in blockchain culture is the choice to use aliases or pseudonyms when using the Internet-a digital file that has nothing to do with your real-world identity and is usually further hidden behind the VPN. This has led to a strange phenomenon where the most credible information now comes from various animal headshots or obscure anime references.
For outsiders or “regulators,” seeking information from individuals without some form of real-world verification seems completely unreasonable. However, more and more people believe that your real world or “bag of meat” status is numbered.
This is why this can be a very good thing.
Voice for the silent
“Thinking that you don’t care about privacy is because you have nothing to hide, which is the same as saying that you don’t care about freedom of speech, because you have nothing to say”-Edward Snowden
It should be understood that these online characters seen on Twitter are not anonymous, on the contrary, as observed by Balaji Srinivasan, these aliases are pseudonyms. The completely anonymous users seen on sites such as 4chan don’t care much about building reputation. This is where pseudonymous profiles have powerful utility around their ability to build a reputation around their online aliases, independent of their real-world reputation. Compared with more obvious and serious examples in countries such as China with more restrictions on speech or North Korea, the obvious benefits of independent reputation roles may not be so important in Western societies.
Ukrainian-American comedian Yakov Smirnoff summed it up brilliantly: “In the Soviet Union, this is freedom of speech. In the United States, this is freedom after speech.” In a politically correct and highly sensitive In times, saying the wrong thing may eventually cause you to lose your job and permanently damage your reputation, and in more totalitarian countries, the consequences of crossing the line may be worse. To exacerbate this risk, social media interactions will be immortal and may punish individuals again after a few years.
Balaji also made a good point about the “cost” of reputation: “Your bank account is stored wealth. Your real name is stored reputation. Only you can deduct money from your bank account. Anything Everyone can deduct from your reputation.” Blockchain now not only provides a safe place to store value, but also allows for anonymity and is now a safe haven for your speech and ideas, free from real-world reputation loopholes.
The end of social normal prison
Social media used to be about everyone knowing that you are not you, but using aliases on social media is about being you without anyone knowing.
Most studies on the credibility of social media (that is, research projects run by institutions) show that, in general, social media is a curse on our happiness-observed correlations include loneliness and depressive symptoms , Suicide, lethargy and social anxiety, to name a few. However, it should be noted that when individuals are asked whether they will abandon social media, they are often asked “just for a lot of money.” Why can something that satisfy such a strong unconscious desire to connect has such a devastating effect on our mental health?
Part of this is due to the nature of social media and the types of behaviors it promotes. Social media is not so much social media as it is a social comparison platform. The special phenomenon of ghost users, that is, people who often use these different platforms but never publish or participate in content, are easy to observe and very common on social media.
Acting like a ghost, always there, but out of sight of others. This kind of behavior can be said to be an unconscious response of an individual to understand what the current social norms are, and the purpose is to better promote your behavior to be more in line with normal conditions.
If we may act mainly on the Internet in the way that we think is the most acceptable, then we live in a philosophy that is the opposite of mindfulness. This is why the encryption culture of aliases is so exciting. It gives a new form of social media power, a kind of social media that really promotes social interaction by removing social comparison barriers.
The rise of people with autism
“What happens if the autism gene is eliminated from the gene pool? You will see a group of people standing in a cave, chatting and socializing, but doing nothing.” – Temple Grandin
An interesting and convincing observation found in crypto culture is the use of the term autism. This oral usage is a revised definition of the traditional understanding of autism. In cryptocurrency, calling someone autistic usually means having a positive meaning-this is another reflection of the new social structure provided by blockchain culture. This new definition of autism usually refers to objective thinking that rarely considers social normality.
Online roles provide a layer of anonymity and can eliminate the intimidation and prejudice repeatedly observed in real-world social interactions. Without a specific person to judge or compare yourself, all you have left is the content of the message being conveyed. This makes it more difficult to slander a person, especially more difficult than ever, because their physical characteristics and even their past have some irrelevant characteristics.
One way to study online culture may be to investigate the similarities between individual behaviors that spend a lot of time using objectively coded language and the implications of relying on left (logical and rational) or right (creativity and abstraction) brain thinking.
The last line of defense
A unique and revolutionary aspect of blockchain technology comes from its ability to allow complete anonymity. I believe that readers know that the operations on the blockchain are encrypted and stored on multiple devices or nodes on the earth, supporting quite complex private key functions. Although these interactions are public, it is almost impossible to single out the individuals behind the interactions.
A large number of data leaks on centralized platforms in the past few years show that technology was once a weak link in data security. Blockchain provides an unprecedented security promise. However, since technology is not the weakest link, the bad guys must target the next weakest link in the chain: the user.
The technology can be as safe as it wants, but individuals who can use the technology are always vulnerable to the $5 wrench method-a term popular in the comic XKCD, which means hitting someone on the head with a wrench until They give up their private keys. Many exchanges currently need to know your customers or KYC verification. Therefore, it is particularly important to protect the true identity associated with your trading account.
However, alias culture may provide some comfort for this, because the barriers between users and characters prevent potential attackers from easily identifying and tracking victims.
Get rid of self
“A good day starts the night before”-Sukant Ratnakar
In general, online roles can bring freedom back to the concept of freedom of speech. Since the rise of government-regulated political correctness, speech has been a kind of freedom that has been criticized for a long time. Online roles remove the shackles of social normality. With no identifiable human users, the risk of being called an outcast becomes irrelevant. This safety allows autistic patients who are rejected to demonstrate their unrealized potential on a large scale. By eliminating the outdated potholes of outdated socio-psychological tendencies, online roles paved the way for objective dialogue. In addition, the use of online roles adds another layer of security between the user’s interaction with the world and the value they store in the blockchain.
Blockchain culture has never really cared about traditional norms; they never need to. The incredible thing about mathematics is that it is the language of the universe. One cannot introduce social prejudice to prove that mathematics is incorrect. If it’s right, it’s just simple, whether someone agrees or not. I think this is a self-evident spirit of blockchain technology from the beginning.
Once we boil the wrong bad actors and social conditions, the cream will rise to the top. The users who can provide the most value are important—regardless of their social status in the meat space. The blockchain movement has always been about liberation-an unstoppable digital revolution. Avoid systematic control of your wealth, avoid systematic control of your speech, and finally avoid your physical identity.