People Were Skeptical About the Web Too, You Know

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Eric Selfert on Twitter:

Calling out the fact that some other technology at a similar stage was (1) ridiculed and (2) ultimately succeeded has almost nothing to do with the fact that it was ridiculed. There's not a causal relationship there.

Listen, the world is going to be skeptical of all new technology. Yes, there were skeptics of the web, and yes, the web was a massive success and everyone who was skeptical back in the 90s looks silly today because we have the benefit of hindsight.

But there was skepticism around literally every other piece of tech that I’ve seem come up in my lifetime. And you know what, most of those things failed or are now used in very niche ways compared to how they were hyped up when they were new.

Saying “the way skeptics talk about web3 reminds me of when people were skeptical of the web” means abso-fucking-lutely nothing. This statement proves that “web3” is new, and nothing else. It’s fine to think that the skeptics will be proven wrong, but they won’t be convinced by you telling them that they are as silly as those web-skeptics decades ago, they’ll be convinced when you show them how this new thing can make their lives better in a meaningful way.