Hi, Justin Sun (and Tron). It’s me, Responsibility

Dear Justin,

You matter. That’s why I’m writing to you.

We’ve met and likely will know each other for the long haul. But, in the time we have had, I’ve come to believe we’re both hardworking individuals, which means we both likely understand stress. And I bet we both can agree that a lot of people enjoy dealing with stress in fun ways like getting close to other people, breathing heavily, and bending their bodies into weird positions.

But, enough about yoga.

It’s porn we need to talk about.

Specifically, can we chat for a second about your now really famous Tweet announcing Tron being accepted as a form of payment on PornHub? The tweet you’ve since edited because it was too dirty for many to accept as the quick in-and-out joke you intended? I got it. I smirked. I moved on. But, as you quickly discovered, many – from investors to interested onlookers to media headline writers – became fixated.

Look, you and I understand that one small sex joke isn’t going to ruin things. But, this incident serves as a tapping of the microphone to test whether it is on. And, guess what, not only is it on, but it is super turned up. Everyone is watching every word and action. That happens when you launch a new blockchain, poke at industry giants, and make a nine-figure purchase of one of the world’s most recognizable file-sharing products to boost your own.

That’s what happens when – at 26 – you’ve been pegged as the Millennial Jack Ma.

You matter, Justin.

That means your words matter, and you have earned the heavy responsibility of having to know when some things are better left unsaid. Of course, that’s extremely easy to say when I’m not tempted by the same level of popularity and influence that you have, but hear me out.

You’re young, charismatic, visionary, and driven, and you are in a situation not often seen by anyone because you have a tangible product that – even in its infancy – is showing (proving?) multi-generational potential. And, despite its youth, TRON’s reach already has a worldwide audience.

Such a varied audience leads to marketing challenges, but what the audience does know, collectively, is that if TRON is going to live up to such lofty ideals like dethroning current crypto leaders and decentralizing the web, then TRON needs to act like it is mature enough to lead such a charge.

Make the deals you need to make. Let them stand on their own.

You have enough branding happening – think about the steps you took before this to create the kind of image that led entities like Charity Compassion Coin to want to use your platform and Cardano wanting to work with you. And, think about the long list of respected developers who are clamoring to be among the first Super Representatives. They are here because they respect your vision and product.

That respect shouldn’t be taken lightly.

In the end, Justin, no harm, no foul. Could have been worse. Strive to be better each day.

Yours as long as you’ll have me,

-Responsibility

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No, Tron isn’t going all in on #pr0n

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to PornHub. Or, in this case, raise BOTH hands, where we can all see them, thank you very much.

Now, nod your head if you’re into … Tron.

Okay, stop nodding. Keep your hands somewhere on a table in front of everyone, and listen …

There was a lot of hand-wringing and posturing after it was announced that PornHub will begin accepting Tron as a payment option. If we’re being honest here, my flash reaction was split three ways:

A) Uh, who actually pays for porn?

B) Hardly anyone pays for it — even if they really want that classic Kim Kardashian boot(y)leg file for their own — because they don’t want their credit card statement showing such things. It’s a privacy concern, not a moral dilemma.

C) Hey, American Purist complainer, of course you haven’t, but I’ll ask anyways: Have you ever WATCHED a Chinese game show? It’s weird, exciting, and usually barely clothed — leaving you with a good story for friends and a slight walk of shame from your recliner to the fridge… usually in reverse order.

And that was just my immediate takeaway from reading the Tron news.

The real conversation is deeper than that (if you don’t like all the innuendos with this specific post, you may as well pull out early and stop reading now.), of course, and it pointed out a couple of other things for me that I think could be kept in mind for the future.

1. Some of the backlash had to do with the recent sticky memory of watching Verge also dive into payment acceptance with PornHub. That’s understandable, I suppose, but I think most of the discomfort comes from not fully understanding what partner means in this case. In the link above, PornHub itself is reluctant to be go all-in with Verge – citing volatile crypto prices. Logically, one would think, or I do anyways, that same reservation is being felt with other cryptos as well. Still, the allure of increased anonymity leading to more currency spent – in any form – is too appealing for the company to ignore. (Think of it like Julia Roberts not allowing Richard Gere to kiss her on the mouth because “too personal.” But hey, we’ll take that coin just in case..)

2. Tron wants to be the block chain of choice for ENTERTAINMENT. Just because you might not be into one-legged guys standing on their heads while attempting one of the Kama Sutra’s back page’s illustrations, guaranteed someone else is. And, they want to see it on their device. And, they may even want to pay for it. Exotic has a market, even in the clean sense. Don’t think so? Thumb through your provider’s guide and see how often shows run featuring “Little People: Name the City”, or fat people, or giant people, or hoarders, or overeaters, or people addicted to plastic surgery. Everybody has a something they like to watch (or play, for you gamers). ALL of it falls under entertainment, which, if decentralizing the Web is Tron’s soul, then the entertainment industry, and all that comes with it, is its stated heartbeat. And, while you may have some comfort level questions about what that entails, your investment dollar doesn’t, which leads to …

3. Finally, while Tron investors have bought in on the “for all” idealism and subsequent future growth that Justin Sun loves to promote, many of them are the same investors who daily scream about Tron not taking them to the moon. You can’t have it both ways, friends. Without development AND demand for the token, your moon ship won’t make it off the launch pad. For those who look down on porn but also love money, think of it this way: the best homes also have the best-run septic systems. You never hear, see, smell, touch, or taste the stuff under your house (unless you’re into that…), but you certainly love living there.

So, let this partnership do what it is going to do, and be rest assured that porn isn’t an end game for Tron. It’s just low-hanging fruit to be used as low-grade but dependable fuel for the machine.

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What topics would you like to read about as we all grow with Crypto, Tron, and all the rest? Shoot an email to kitchenski@gmail.com with “Blog idea” in your subject line, or find me on Twitter at twitter.com/curtiskitchen. And, FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a Tron (TRX) and Ripple (XRP) investor. I am not a financial advisor. This content should not be used as a base for or considered to be financial advice.