Beneath the undercurrents of crypto culture lies a foundation of social and technological subversion. Above it is a countercultural movement that traces back to the punks and hippies of the 20th century.
Every cultural movement starts with a group of people with a niche interest and a desire to change the status quo. The NFT movement is no exception. With blue-chip projects having already broken through to mainstream audiences, web3 has the potential to redefine how we create and collaborate on an enormous scale, argues Douglass Kobs.
Crypto's tribal culture is rooted to its libertarian origins, but that has to be reconciled with the crypto ecosystem's emphasis on 'genius individuals'. Tyler Scharf explores how the conflict between genius and non-hierarchy leads to factions and conflict.
The collective aim of cryptocurrency began as a decentralised global currency. But on the road to becoming a multi-trillion dollar sector, what was once a small subculture has become a highly diverse ecosystem. Paul Dylan-Ennis explores the core principles that govern how change happens in web3.