My media policy is generally “yes.” Here are some appearances I hadn’t posted about yet.
Saturday Night Dive
This week’s comedy gold spawned a few podcasts.
Jackson Palmer, the regretful co-founder of Dogecoin, is back with a new podcast called Griftonomics. It goes further afield than crypto — but crypto is absolutely in there. [YouTube; Anchor.fm; Twitter]
Jackson spoke to Crikey about why he’s doing this. [Crikey]
Jackson pinged me at about ten minutes’ notice last night to do a Twitter Space on Bitcoin’s Saturday night dive. Other speakers included Amy Castor, Matt Binder and Ben Doernberg, also ex-Dogecoin. It’s two hours and it was reputedly pretty good! [Twitter]
Going LIVE in 10 min: https://t.co/XuqRzxR70k
— GRIFTONOMICS (@griftonomics) June 18, 2022
Amy Castor and I went on Matt Binder’s Scam Economy podcast. This is where I first said “it’s like a huge Rube Goldberg machine slapstick custard pie clown car where each custard pie triggers three more custard pies.” 69 minutes. [YouTube]
What’s Wrong with Crypto? Author David Gerard on TruthDAO’s Crypto DeFined with Kathy Chu — this is a DAO-based very pro-crypto small outlet. I got to rant my usual thoughts about what just happened to solidly crypto media. It came out well. [TruthDAO; YouTube]
CBC, CoinDesk TV
Back on 17 May, I did CBC Radio 1’s The Current with Matt Galloway: “El Salvador bet big on Bitcoin, but was reported to have suffered heavy losses when cryptocurrency markets recently slumped. We talk to Isabella Cota and David Gerard.” [CBC]
I signed the Concerned.Tech letter from actually-technical computer people to the US Senate. We asked the Senate not to accept the word “blockchain” as an excuse, and to regulate all these real-money financial instruments as if they were real-world financial instruments.
I didn’t work on the wording itself, but Stephen Diehl invited me to sign and I was delighted to join such illustrious company as the other initial signers — including tech luminaries such as Tim Bray, Grady Booch, Miguel de Icaza, Bruce Schneier and Jamie Zawinski. [Concerned.Tech]
I spoke to CoinDesk TV about what we were thinking with this letter — if you want real money, you work by the rules of real money, and that’s not at all a controversial position to advocate. [CoinDesk, from 30:36]
60 Minutes Australia
(If you’re in Australia and it’s geo-blocked, I think you need to view it via their 9Now portal)
60 Minutes also published article versions of the piece. “’You can’t get rich for free’: Expert predicts crypto crash is only going to get worse” — looks like I was right, though it wasn’t that hard a prediction. [9Now; 9Now]
News.com.au also wrote up the show. I’m “renowned” now, see? [News.com.au]
I was delighted with my 60 Minutes segment. They used far more from me than I expected. Usually you film a long thing and they pull a few quotes; I got a solid few minutes of the best bits.
The interviewer, Tom Steinfort, started the segment with a confession: that he himself got burnt in May’s Terra/Luna-induced crash. Friends told him crypto was good to get into. I expect the friends got burnt too.
Tom didn’t mention that to me in the interview. He did ask “what do you think of the people who got burnt?” I said that some of them are annoying, like the guys who were saying “have fun staying poor” a month earlier, but then I talked about the suicide hotline going up on /r/terraluna and how ordinary investors got absolutely wrecked. So I guess I passed that test.
Your subscriptions keep this site going. Sign up today!