I know, I know: another story set at a gathering of brotastic crypto-utopians. But this one is no scene piece. Instead, it manages to stake out a thoughtful middle ground between the wonkiness of a blockchain white paper and the rolled eyes of “Web3 Is Going Just Great” — smart, incisive, and informative enough for you to finish the piece feeling like you actually know what you’re talking about. Not to mention the poop metaphor holding it all together.

It’s easy to find brilliant, idealistic, experienced technology experts who think Web3 is pure nonsense. But it’s almost as easy to find ones who think it’s the real deal—humanity’s best chance of redeeming the entire promise of the internet.