Achievement unlocked: Hackernoon published a second article by yours truly. This time is not a first-person chronicle, but a journalistic report on the Petro, Venezuela’s cryptocurrency. It contains five interviews, quotes from articles from all over the world and zero personal opinions, except for the conjectures and educated guesses near the end. It consists of near six thousand words – sidebars included – thus making it my most ambitious work in the English language so far.
The second chapter in the travel chronicles of Eduardo Próspero is live on Metapsychosis, a site of the highest caliber. This time our hero appears in Brazil and, as per usual, nothing goes his way. He falls on his feet, though, and lives to fight another day. And no, I’m not spoiling anything. The story is in the journey, not in the destination. And it starts dramatically:
It’s hard for me to talk about Boots Riley. On one hand, I’ve been supporting and promoting his band The Coup for decades and was one of the first persons to predict “Sorry to Bother You” was going to be a one-of-a-kind movie. On the other, he’d recently been talking reckless about Venezuela and ignored every message polite and serious people sent him challenging his ridiculous views. And then, he deleted his Twitter account like a coward.
But that’s neither here nor there.
The point is I noticed something no one has talked about in “Sorry to Bother You”, the real message, a hidden layer of meaning.
So, SPOILER ALERT: Don’t advance if you haven’t watched “Sorry to Bother You”, mayor SPOILERS ahead.
The correct interpretation of that great movie, after the jump:
This space has been a little quiet lately, but hey… I got hired to ghostwrite a big-big project and I’ve been working on getting my writing published in other platforms. The latest accomplishment in that regard are these little pieces for the “microdoses” section in Metapsychosis, arguably the most complex and perplexing site around.
LOL, I can’t believe it took me so long to publish this here, it happened more than a month ago. Arguably my biggest accomplishment since I started writing in English, I got published in Hacker Noon. This site is a daily check for me and there I am, among their pages, among their contributors.
I want to keep writing for them, keep the momentum going, but my aim is to write about cryptocurrencies from a user perspective and I already spent all of my Bitcoin. And that’s where the story starts:
I sold all my bitcoins before the latest stage of the crypto winter.
I’m not proud of it and I’m not a seer, I was just broke and hungry. That money was my safety net and now I’m free falling into the abyss, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is I’m not a Bitcoin owner anymore. And cryptocurrencies seem to be falling into the abyss…
Then I go into my usual conspiracy-minded-type-of-argument:
I don’t claim to know exactly what’s happening, I’m as confused as the authors of the articles about the crash I’ve been reading. What I do know is that Bitcoin’s economy is not strong enough yet and it’s still vulnerable to attacks and manipulation.
Intrigue, prestidigitation, dirty tricks. An attack, that is how I see this crash and that is how I see the boom and super high climb of 2017. That shit wasn’t natural and this isn’t either. Dark forces are playing with our heads and with our money supply, testing our behavior, watching us run for our lives. And taking notes.
I wrote this killer article as my audition tape for Writing Bunny, a content company, and of course I got the job. I know I promised not to brag, but hey… the article is as concrete as a hammer to the forehead and showcases my knowledge of the thème du jour: Content Marketing. My new specialty. You should read the whole thing but, since everyone is so busy these days, here are a few selected fragments: Continue reading →