I like the idea of Dogecoin - the joke that became (almost) real - the sheer unpredictable 'internettiness' of it (the dog / Shiba Inu iconography; money' as a meme, the "Much" / "So"-lingui-isms, etc), that it's sorta becoming the anti-BitCoin by accident; a semi-worthless, inflationary, joke-cryptocurrency that has gained a smidge of traction whereas most of the BitCoin clones and pretenders and the other goofy digital-Monopoly-monies aren't.
Joking aside, it does point the way towards new forms of value - 'tipping' people instead of kneejerk finger-punching a "Like" or a "Favourite" - and, as someone who's an ageing contrarian who has all sorts of issues with capitalism, but who has a family to support, I'm interested in ways that value can be introduced to a system, or how the value of an artist or writer's work can be acknowledged in some way even while Google and Amazon are paddling down a waterfall in a race to devalue artists' work (via digitisation or bulk-appropriation), to turn it into zero-space data or 2D mobile-content from which they can siphon more value than the original creator - *spits* - so, yeah, this is all of interest to me. I think blockcoin-systems (the underlying mechanism of most cryptocurrencies) are one way that transactional 'values' can be placed into systems - others are starting to emerge. I've written on this non-blog already about the round-the-corner emergence of an "Internet of Money". I think in the last furlong of my own life, the economic landscape will prob change drastically; it's possible that highstreet banks may eventually follow music and books into the aether and become a quaint legacy analogue-business for the old and easily-confused.
Dogecoin seems very fun and very zzz-z-zuh-zeitgeisty n now - you can 'tip' via a bot on Reddit (Yes, I have a Reddit account - I don't really like Reddit that much; it's not v. aesthetically-pleasing to me - but yes, I have a Reddit account) - but it may also point the way towards something more interesting, radical and lasting.
So, you can give this post some 'value' - tip it - by donating a micropayment (1000DOGE is about 30-something cents right now) in return for the value I created by pointing you at information that maybe you didn't know about and for the pico-second zzzzzp of synaptic activity - ideas - these words gave you. Or didn't.
Why should you pay anyone for their time, especially for seeming non-essentials like words ? - a Big Question for these uncertain times, for sure, and a topic I'm going to come back to a lot, I suspect. Well, of course, I'm going to keep on writing about stuff and post it here and elsewhere, and now that I've played my hand and you know my intent - then, why on Earth would you then 'pay' me when you could get shit for free (The Radiohead Conununnnbnum), and this piece isn't really that interesting anyway, maaan? So, maybe this is where nanopayments - tiny, casual, incremental, almost forgettable 'payments' - might come into play. Some of you will grok what I'm talking about here because you're involved in creative activities and you've been thinking about similar things yourself.
I think I'm almost certainly going to do some sort of Dogecoin-related release on 19f3... and when I finish the current coding project thing I'm doing, it seem silly not to look at doinf some sort of weird blockchain-driven application....