Timothy Noah, the New Republic:
Larry David appeared in a Super Bowl ad on Sunday. It was extremely funny. It showed David in various period costumes pooh-poohing a succession of transformative innovations: the wheel, the fork, the toilet, the Declaration of Independence, the light bulb, the moon shot, portable music.
But the punch line wasn’t funny at all. In modern dress, David demonstrated similar skepticism sitting across a desk from a man who told him that FTX, a new cryptocurrency exchange, was “a safe and easy way to get into crypto.” “Eeeh, I don’t think so,” David answered. “And I’m never wrong about this stuff. Never.”
FTX’s ad is called “Don’t Miss Out”, which seems pretty on the nose to me. It gives the whole game away: the current wave of this stuff is entirely based on a fear of missing out. Do not be fooled by this faux urgency; it is okay to wait and see if this means anything in the years to come. (Thanks to Brenden Becherer for sending this my way.)