Comprehensive Decentralisation
All too often people think decentralisation should be abstracted away in favor of a tradeoff towards greater user experience.
While intuitive usability is essential, the idea of making the value, experience, and structural implications of decentralisation feel invisible is actually directly backwards in its understanding and produces more rather than less friction for new users adopting web3.
The intent to make a tool, a service, and even an intense historic technocultural shift more human relatable in its curves, buttons, and actions is admirable. Sometimes it is also looking at every problem in the world as a nail, because you happen to be holding a hammer.
In the case of web3, the core usability problem we all have is one of high friction to understanding caused by a combination of pervasive systemic structural obstacles to self-directed choices across all segments of economic, societal, technological, and experiential interaction and a deeply engrained form of Stockholm Syndrome.
The first step towards greater usability is made by each of us figuring out for ourselves just why the freedom, flexibility, and self sovereignty unlocked for us by web3 actually matters to us and how it changes the range of potentiality we’re each capable of. That’s best served by mechanism designs that prioritize comprehensive decentralisation across the technological, social coordination, and capital stacks.
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