Maria Bustillos

Boom Times: What’s Trust Got to Do With It

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Some months back the novelist and media activist Cory Doctorow, whom I generally believe to be the bee’s knees, wrote “The Inevitability of Trusted Third Parties,” with the subhead, “The search for a crypto use case continues.” I agree with the headline: yes, trusted third parties are inevitable. Sure! The subhead, on the other hand, […]

From The Brick House Cooperative
On May 2, 2022
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The West Sees the World

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on transnational media and the war in Ukraine

From Popula
On April 25, 2022
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ICYMI: Republicans Heart Putin

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gazing into the soul of the Republican Party's deepening admiration for the Russian dictator

From Popula
On March 21, 2022
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STEM Can’t Give You a Reason to Live

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the "science of happiness"??

From Popula
On February 23, 2022
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Boom Times: Paul Krugman and the Little People

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The last time there was a world-altering tech revolution, Nobel prizewinning economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman got it wildly, comically wrong. In 1998, he famously predicted that by 2005 it would be clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy would be trivial. The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw […]

From The Brick House Cooperative
On February 1, 2022
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What Kind of Writer Accuses Libraries of Stealing?

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a wrangle on the topic of Controlled Digital Lending

From Popula
On January 22, 2022
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Boom Times: Moxie and the Future

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Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of the encrypted messaging app Signal, and his recent post criticizing web3 is insightful and great, even though it centers largely on this Banksyesque prank he played at the NFT marketplace OpenSea, where he sold a digital artwork that displays as a poop emoji when viewed in a crypto wallet […]

From The Brick House Cooperative
On January 14, 2022
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Yes Look Up

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Smart people wouldn’t yell in circumstances like those. They’d lay down their lives to persuade.

From Popula
On December 27, 2021
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Group Therapy with George Saunders

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fill out the grid

From Popula
On December 21, 2021
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Happy Birthday, Brick House!

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One year ago, the Brick House Cooperative began publishing on a website built with the proceeds of a successful Kickstarter. We are beyond proud of the Brick House’s many achievements over the course of our inaugural year, despite the many challenges of the pandemic. And 2022 is shaping up to be a beautiful one, with […]

From The Brick House Cooperative
On December 8, 2021
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Boom Times: Panic! At The Dawn of Web3

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Web3 replaces secretive, top-down platforms, like Facebook and Google, with transparent, shared-ownership networks powered by blockchain.

From The Brick House Cooperative
On December 7, 2021
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Boom Times: The Unicycle of Dudebro Opinion

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What might be the most mansplainy thing yet written about blockchain technology appeared last week on the blog of fiction writer and former Twitter executive Robin Sloan. The author describes himself as “not merely a skeptic, but a full-fledged enemy of Web3,” though in the essay that follows, he proceeds to hedge like crazy: Web3 […]

From The Brick House Cooperative
On November 18, 2021
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Boom Times: Paying with Fire

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how many credit cards have you got?

From The Brick House Cooperative
On November 2, 2021
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