CT Culture ("The Arena")
In 2022, the vibe of Crypto Twitter completely changed after FTX rugged everyone.
Immediately after this tweet, I felt inspired and tried thinking of what I could do to count myself in the arena. I know I can't contribute the same way Cobie and other good actors can, but that doesn't mean I can't do anything.
The first thing I did was start Proof of Work (this blog), where I post one article per day about anything I find interesting. Because, like Rick Rubin (Cobie’s current profile pic) says, if you find something interesting, there will be others in the world that do too. For me, those people are on CT.
I was lucky enough to survive a few poor financial decisions, but I know people who didn't get that luxury. There are some sad stories from CT, and we should do everything we can to prevent them moving forward. So although I know I can't stop evil influencers from taking payments upfront to scam their fans, some other bigger accounts would be doing that in the arena.
Going back to what I can do, I can help make Twitter a more fun place to be for everyone. Just because we can't make the same impact as some large accounts, it doesn't mean we shouldn't be doing everything we can to try to. If we know people are likely still getting scammed, why not provide those people with constant wholesomeness to escape their irl lives as they recover and teach them safer ways? If we provide them a positive experience, they might listen. And if they listen, we might be able to help guide them in a safer direction, like self-custody.
Operating under the assumption that everyone is coming on Twitter for a break from their irl stresses is an excellent way to stay naturally wholesome online. In doing so, it has made me way happier too. It's much more of a natural human condition to be friendly; it requires less energy that you can then spend on other things.
Another thing I realized is that in many online cultures and sub-cultures on Twitter, women don't feel like they are able to fully be themselves because the guys team up to make themselves feel better. But those guys aren't men because it's part of a man's biological function to make women safe, and feeling safe emotionally is a part of that. Everyone should create a culture on the internet that suits both men and women.
"If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back." - Regina Brett.
You'd like to think that this quote isn't accurate, but it is. So knowing this, how does it make sense that anyone should feel further alienated on the internet? There must be a wholesome culture for everyone to fully succeed, or people will want to go elsewhere.
A simple, quick and funny reply could change someone's day. 1 nice or funny comment = 1 smile. If we stay consistent and wholesome, then this culture we are creating will grow exponentially by default. Everyone will want to be a part of it out of instinct because it will make them happy. And through this, we learn to become better people irl too.
You create wholesomeness in the real world by being wholesome on the internet, because real people use the internet.