As someone who has fallen down the bumpy ass rabbit hole, I’ve had to spend hours sifting through various articles, tweets and opinions from “influencers” in the space. The market for Bitcoin-related content is on the rise, with several button-up shirt types taking the lead.
Now I have nothing against these podcasters; they do a great job of educating different audiences.
Some focus on the economics, some focus on the tech, others focus on the pure trade side, and they all offer interesting takes on Bitcoin.
I’ve heard several narratives over the years, like its Digital Gold, it’s a store of value, it’s got asymmetric upside, it’s a hedge against inflation, and you know the list goes on.
These are all compelling narratives that resonate with different people but to be honest, they all come from a logical standpoint.
The logical case for Bitcoin
Sadly humans don’t give a damn about logic; we are emotional creatures, we think with our stomachs, egos or our genitals, which gives the brain not a lot of time to steer the wheel.
So how many people are you going to reach with that message? Probably the technically inclined minority, and that’s fine, but what about casting a wider net?
What about appealing to a wider, more emotional audience?
Narrative of choice
Your narrative of choice is your weapon of choice when it comes to defending your position in Bitcoin. Now I can appreciate the equity, no 3rd party risk, Austrian economics, capped supply arguments all day long.
But sadly, the message that resonated with me was a fairly simple one.
Sticking it to the man, yes, I have a severe case of stickittothemaneosis.
As much as I enjoy arguing about the merits of Bitcoin, the appeal to say the banks and government can suck it rank way higher for me.
It’s simple yet effective, and sure it’s easy to dismiss, but man, is it satisfying.
If I think back to my prime years of telling people to suck it, I have to take you back to the ’90s when pro-wrestling gripped every pre-teen and teen.
Whipping them into a frenzy with the so-called “attitude area”. Say what you want about WWE and Vince, but the man successfully launched the careers of trash talkers like Stone Cold, The Rock and of course, my favourite DX.
As with everything in wrestling, it’s totally fake and scripted but what these wrestlers were able to do was tap into the rebel in all of us.
They were able to commercialise rebellion, the same way Eminem would go on to do a few years later with my generation.
Who the hell is D-Generation X?
For those of you who actually had a life or weren’t born during this golden age of pro-wrestling, this anecdote may be lost on you so let me give you the TLDR.
D-Generation X was an American professional wrestling stable and later a tag team that appeared in the World Wrestling Federation.
The group originated in the midst of the WWF’s “Attitude Era” in 1997 as a foil to another prominent faction, The Hart Foundation.
WWE was getting stale at the time, and characters like Triple H, an aristocrat, and The Heartbreak Kid, a pretty boy, simply didn’t appeal to this generation and needed a revamp.
This came in the form of D-generation X, a tag team of man-children who would take nothing seriously and flip the bird at anyone.
Shawn and Hunter played these characters with all the debauchery that TV could allow at the time, and man, did we eat it up.
DX was all about upsetting the established order, pissing off the man, acting like a douche bag and liberal use of toilet humour.
How I feel every time I stack sats and dump fiat
We all have to grow up.
I remember every kid at school trying to be the embodiment of DX, telling other kids to suck it on the playground and the anarchy surrounding being a DX fan.
As time passes, that rebellion resides and is replaced with conformity; as the older we get, we refuse to pay the price for our rebellion; we’re so desperate to fit in; some of us call this growing up; others call it selling out.
Eventually, we all grow up; we have to hang up the WWE launch box and get good grades and get a job.
Instead of sticking it to the man, we stick up for the man.
As I moved into the world of adulthood, I found that the man is a dick, and he’s always going to kick you down no matter how obedient you are; it’s even worse, in my opinion, if you are obedient.
If they’re not overworking you and underpaying you, they’re loading you up with debt, eating your gains through tax and inflation and to me, something had to give; my inner rebel needed to resurface.
I just needed a medium in which to focus that rebellion, and that’s what lead me to Bitcoin.
Bitcoin is the DX of finance.
The financial system got stale; it’s not working for most of us and needed a shakeup; that’s what Bitcoins existence is all about and why those who side with it are so passionate. The thing is, you’re not going to change things without upsetting a few dick heads along the way, and that you need to accept.
Fuck friendship; I’m trying to eat good.
I don’t see the point in apologising for Bitcoin or pussyfooting around.
You’re either with us, or you can suck it.
To all you Bitcoin haters
As a Bitcoiner, you’re already going to get flack for your decisions, so why even bother justifying it? If you believe in the math and reason from first principles, why do you even bother trying to meet these assholes halfway?
As for the majority who are on the bag holder side of the fiat trade, helping them realise they are sticking it to the man by stacking sats to me is a far more compelling story than the technical pitches we have circulating at the moment.
I thought Bitcoiners are meant to be toxic, so I say embrace it.
The Fed? the ECB? CBDC’s? I say fuck em; they can suck my ass!
The age of DX is back, Bitcoin is the attitude era of money! Remember, it’s not the vast conformist majority that changes anything but the stubborn minority.