Volltext-Downloads (blau) und Frontdoor-Views (grau)
The search result changed since you submitted your search request. Documents might be displayed in a different sort order.
  • search hit 6 of 95
Back to Result List

The Continuous Materiality of Blockchain

  • Both cryptocurrency researchers and early adopters of cryptocurrencies agree that they possess a special kind of materiality, based on the laborious productive process of digital ‘mining’ [1]. This idea first appears in the Bitcoin White Paper [2] that encourages Bitcoin adopters to construct and justify its value in metaphoric comparison to gold mining. In this paper, I explore three material aspects of blockchain: physical infrastructure, human language and computer code. I apply the concept of 'continuous materiality' [3] to show how these three aspects interact in practical implementations of blockchain such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. I start from the concept of ‘digital metallism’ that stands for ‘fundamental value’ of cryptocurrencies, and end with the move of Ethereum to ‘proof-of-stake’, partially as a countermeasure against ‘evil miners’. I conclude that ignoring material aspects of blockchain technology can only further problematize complicated relations between their technical, semiotic and social materiality.

Download full text files

Export metadata

Additional Services

Share in Twitter Search Google Scholar


Author:Alesja Serada
Parent Title (German):Konferenzband zum Scientific Track der Blockchain Autumn School 2020
Publisher:Hochschule Mittweida
Place of publication:Mittweida
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Completion:2020
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Mittweida
Contributing Corporation:The University of Vaasa
Release Date:2021/01/27
Tag:materiality; technology studies; value
GND Keyword:Ethereum; Bitcoin; Materialität; Wert
Page Number:6
First Page:71
Last Page:76
Open Access:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG