Updated: 19 January 2022
This is a personally curated list of articles and podcast episodes criticizing Blockchain/Web3 besides my schlockchain category.
- Web3 is Bullshit: If you only read one article, make it this one. Stephen Diehl does an excellent job of breaking down all the different angles on how Web3 is at best misleading.
- It’s not still the early days: A great take on what I named the argument on potential by Molly White. Much more concise and with better examples than I ever could write it.
- My first impressions of web3: Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Signal, gives an excellent run down on what actually happens when you try to use web3. This article focuses more an the usefulness on NFTs with a focus on NFTs.
- Cloud Crypto Land: Legal study by London School of Economics professor Edmund Schuster on the impossibility of a meaningful blockchain-based economic system.
- 187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix: WIRED article from 2018 listing various use cases for Blockchain. Especially insightful to go through the links for now non-existing companies.
- Web3 is going just great: Amazing overview collected by Molly White on all the mishaps in the Web3 space.
- Why Web3’s Shared Data Across Applications Doesn’t Matter: Awesome run down by Liron Shapiro about one specific argument of Web3 and how it would fail in reality.
- How To Kill Bitcoin: 3 part article explaining on how a government could effectively stop the Bitcoin network on a technical level.
Podcast Episodes #
- Tech Won’t Save Us: Web3 is a Scam, Not a Revolution: A great podcast episode with Paris Marx and Stephen Diehl. 1 hour of everything that’s wrong with the blockchain and Web3.
- TRASHFUTURE: The Road to Apedom: 80 minutes of lighthearted conversation trashing all kinds of aspects of Web3.
General Resources #
- Attack of the 50ft Blockchain: An absolute must read for everyone wanting to step into the Blockchain universe. This book by David Gerard was released in 2017 so it doesn’t touch on Web3 or NFTs but the arguments it makes still hold true.
More Lists #
- awesome-crypto-critique: Giant list of articles criticizing Crypto, Blockchain and Web3