Web3 is a controversial idea, and I know some have pretty strong opinions regarding why it’s bad/won’t succeed. Personally, I can’t help but believe it will have a massive impact on the future of the web. There are some really positive possibilities with decentralization technologies, but there are also a lot of ways things could go wrong and leave us with a system that is either just as bad or worse than the current system. For our own good I strongly believe Christians need to be involved in the conversation.
I’ve been following the ENS story closely since the whole Brantly Millegan ordeal. If you’re familiar with that you probably think it’s a use-case against web3. I agree it wasn’t a great look, but there were nuances at play someone might miss if they were just reading the headlines. The situation was complicated and there were both positive and negative outcomes.
It’s a little bit of a read, but if you’re interested in the space (and if you’re a Christian who wants Christian expression to be tolerated on the web, in my opinion you should be) then I would encourage you to give it a pass and let me know your thoughts.
The key point is that there are competing narratives in web3, and the protocols that will eventually get adopted will subscribe to one narrative or another depending on what the market (the users of web3 itself) demands. We are at a critical point in the technology’s adoption, and the protocols being written right now could define the rules of the future internet for a long time to come.
Christians can’t stand aside and let those with values contrary to ours define the rules in this space. We let that happen with the early internet and are now fighting powerful enemies (“Big Tech”). We also can’t take for granted that web3 is a “better” technology. It can be, but that’s not guaranteed.