GRIFTONOMICS

By Jackson Palmer

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 Jun 20, 2022

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 May 22, 2022
love this. cant wait for more.

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We are living in a time where a JPEG can sell for a million dollars, celebrities openly endorse Ponzi schemes and when what you've invented doesn't matter nearly as much as what you say you've invented. As snake oil increasingly becomes our new currency, regulators and lawmakers are asleep at the wheel while pay-to-play journalists pump out puff pieces from their slurp juice-induced hangovers. Join us as we explore the dizzying, unending roster of these 2020s-era rackets. Welcome to the age of GRIFTONOMICS.

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Mapping The Manosphere (w/ münecat)
2219

In recent years you may have heard of something called the “Manosphere”. Existing across a range of mediums and levels of cringe, content focusing heavily on embracing one’s masculinity, quickly descending into misogyny, has acted as a pipeline for radicalization - especially amongst younger men. But who are the people running this, what are their real motives and are they making a buck from their disciples?  To help us unravel these questions, we’re joined by video essayist and musician münecat. Watch her video on "The Manosphere" here.

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Jun 29, 2022
Crypto Energy Crisis (w/ Ketan Joshi)
3643

The crypto mining space is a very contentious space - some people will tell you the industry are burning as much electricity as a small country while others will tell you that it’s actually pushing forward the revolution of renewable energy. To help us untangle all of this, we’re joined by Ketan Joshi, climate analyst and communications expert.

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Jun 20, 2022
Debunking DeFi (w/ Bennett Tomlin of Crypto Critics' Corner)
3757

DeFi, short for “Decentralized Finance”, has been a popular buzzword of late - you might have had a friend or family member tell you about this hot new technology that can make you massive returns each week. At its peak, the DeFi ecosystem has come close to a reported $100B invested.

But what really is DeFi and is it everything it’s cracked up to be? In recent months, the industry has suffered from hacks, market crashes and increased regulatory attention. Is this the future of finance, or just an elaborate get-rich-quick scheme on a course for disaster? To help us explore the wild world of DeFi, we’re joined by Bennett Tomlin, data scientist, consultant and co-host of the popular podcast Crypto Critics' Corner.

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Jun 13, 2022
Carbon Credit Cards (w/ Polly Hemming of The Australia Institute)
3600

You might have heard more and more recently about carbon offsetting - with companies labeling their products as carbon neutral or airlines allowing you to offset the emissions of your ticket with a one-time fee. Carbon credits, the financial market behind this movement are becoming big business - with billions of dollars in credits traded last year alone.

But how much oversight do these markets have, and can you be guaranteed that your carbon is actually being offset when you pay that extra airline fee? To help us answer these questions, we’re joined by Polly Hemming, Advisor to the Australia Institute for their climate and energy program.

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Jun 07, 2022
That's So Meta (w/ Maxwell Strachan of Motherboard)
3033

It’s been just over 6 months since Facebook rebranded their company to Meta, and in the process reignited mainstream interest in the concept of a Metaverse. Since then, billions of dollars of investment across the tech industry have poured into Metaverse-related projects, and many established companies have quickly jumped on the bandwagon to stay relevant and published some form of Metaverse strategy.

But what exactly is a Metaverse? Is it something entirely new and groundbreaking, or just a rehash of the 3D worlds and video games that have existed for decades?  To help us try and define this new buzzword and explore how it’s panning out for companies who have gone all in, we are joined by Maxwell Strachan, Senior Features Editor at Motherboard, a VICE Media publication.  

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May 30, 2022
Selling Free Speech (w/ Eugen Rochko of Mastodon)
2807

Since the early 2000s, social media and social networking has played a key role in how internet users across the world interact with one another. But in more recent years, major privacy concerns and the approaches to moderating content on these platforms has become an on-going debate. Some argue for so-called “free speech absolutism”, regardless of the consequences, while many others see the inherent dangers of letting these systems run unchecked… meanwhile, behind the scenes, big money and influence can create interesting dynamics when it comes to who is running these platforms.

To discuss where things might be headed, we’re joined by Eugen Rochko, creator and CEO of Mastodon - an open source, federated social media platform based on open web protocols.

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May 24, 2022
What in the Web3?! (w/ Molly White of "Web3 is going just great")
3072

In the last year or so you might have heard a lot about something called "Web3" and how it’s going to change everything we know about the internet. A lot of bold claims have been made and a lot of money invested - but what exactly is this supposedly revolutionary new technology? Is it going to change the world, or is it just another grift?

To help us answer those questions, we’re joined by Molly White - software engineer, longtime editor of Wikipedia and maintainer of "Web3 is going just great".

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May 17, 2022