Sealing the Perimeter
End of the Attention Economy
I have always had a bit of a strange relationship with social media. The first form of social media that I used was Usenet when I was in college. I was on Twitter in the early days when it was like an open chatroom with a few thousand people.
On Clubhouse, things feel really surreal. I was invited to speak in a room about cybersecurity and my experiences as a head of operations at Blizzard, gold farming, account compromise, and attack vectors. Little did I know that I’d be sharing the stage with the US military, KimDotCom, Lex Fridman, and top AI and cybersecurity experts.
I spent almost 30 hours in that room, learning about the state of cyber warfare, and it felt like taking many red pills. I also tripled my CH followers and started getting random messages and requests on Twitter and Instagram, some welcome, some suspicious.
Having this personal newsletter project and quaint personal social media accounts out on the Internet suddenly felt a bit vulnerable, so I’ve made it all private and am going to scrub it all.
My big takeaway from the session is that we are transitioning from the attention economy and surveillance capitalism to chaos capitalism. Meme Lord Elon and the Cult of Satoshi are not going to science our way out of this with brain implants and an escape to the Red Planet.
Buckle up, clean your digital house, and let’s go for a ride.