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Tails from the Crypto
来源:宠物狗    发布于:2019-06-02

Tails from the Crypto

“Thefireiswarmandthewoolblanketissoft/Istayindoorswithmycat,”,800yearsago,,theyevenhavetheirownBitcoin-likecurrency,CryptoKitties,nottomentiontheunalloyedloveofmillionsofChinese.“WhenIgetupeverymorning,thefirstthingIlookatismycat;…That’sthehappiestmomentofmyday,”saysChiYingxue,a20-somethingfromShenyang,Liaoningprovince,aboutherpet,LittleNine.“Iwouldn’,IfeellikeIhavetheentireworld.”Fairlyinnocuous,aspet-ownersentimentsgo—yetinChina,’sDailyscoffedatcatownersas“havingnowheretodevotetheirinstinctofprotectingothers,sotheyaremorepronetopouringthatintocats.”Conflatingcat-ownershipwiththenotionof“empty-nestyouths”(空巢青年)—millennialsworkinginfirst-tiercities,typicallyunmarriedandlivingalone—thepartymouthpieceimpliedthatisolation,loneliness,andfe’ttotallywrong:,andover51percentaresingle,accordingtothe2015“SurveyofChinesePetOwners’ConsumptionHabits”,thecountry’’sgrowingfascinationforfelinesisalsoundisputed:AccordingtoGoumin,asof2017,therewere59millionpetcatsinChina,hecreatureswhoonceinspiredShenZhenlin,imperialpainterofthelateQing,todedicateawholeseriesto“Cats.”Indeed,rldthat“It’snothumanswhorearcats;it’scatswhodeigntostaywithhumans.”Ownersdeclarethemselves“slavestocats”(猫奴)and“excrementremovalofficers”(铲屎官);tointeractwiththeirpetisto“sniff”or“snortcats”(吸猫),:Thephrase“raisingcatsinthecloud”(云养猫)referstoindulgingone’sfelinefantasiesvicariouslyonline,throughsharingpictures,memes,gifs,andvideos,,whohavebecomeprofessionalcatbloggers,gettingacatwasthefirststeptointernetfame.“HuiyiZhuanyongXiaomajia,”aWeiboaccountnowfollowedby29millionusers,originallystartedwithpicturesandvideosoftheblogger’sdogandaScottishFoldcat;it’snowrumoredthatXiaomajiacommands20,,acatwiththededicatedWeiboaccount“LouBanNiang,”had760,000fanswhoenjoyedmakingmemesoutofthefeline’svideos,“Fight!Bestrong!Wearewaitinghereforyoutocomeback!”wassharedonWeiboonLoulou’sbehalfmorethan8,000times,thoughLouloudidn’,whenChinesesingerZhangHanyunusedamemefeaturingthedeceasedfelinetowishherfriendahappybirthdayonWeibolaterthatyear,outragedLoulou’thavetobereal,,JapanesegamescompanyHit-PointintroducedNekoAtsume:KittyCollector,amobilegameinwhichplayerscanpurchasefood,toys,,thegamehadbeendownloadedover19milliontimes(cat-ownerChiisafan).Thatyear,afilmadaptation,TheHouseofCatCollection,,awardingafive-starrating,declared:“”ThistakeoverwasmostapparentintheNovemberlaunchofCryptoKitties,ablockchain-basedgamethatisbaseddeveloper,AxiomZen,didnotmaterializeoverSpringFestival,severalknockoffversionsdidappearintheChineseAppStore,,,validatedthroughtheblockchain,andhasagenerationnum,creationalpurposes,CryptoKitties’,withinaweekofrelease,itwashogging11percentoftransactionsonEthereum,ablockchainnetwork;atthetimeofpress,playershadspentmorethan19millionUSDtradingcartoonkittens,withthemostexpensivechanginghandsforabout110,000USD,“nekonomics,”firstmintedbyJapaneseeconomistsin2015t“economics”andtheJapanesefor“cat,”nekonomicstrategiesrangefromputtingakittystationmasteronatrainlinetotemplesthatlittertheirgroundswithcatstatuettes,allofwhichattractcustomers,s,petstores,,wherecoffeeloversreclinewithfelinecompanions,,arguablyBeijing’,thecafe’s40catsfrom15,butfewcustomersseemtomind.“Everyonewhocomesherelovescats,”,theoperatingcostsofabusinesslikehis“aretwicethatofnormalcafes,mostlyspentonthecats…food,catlitter,andpersonnel.”Aftersevenyearsinbusiness,though,Yuanhasbecomepartofacateconomyofhisown—operatingapetstorealongsidehiscafe,andaWeiboaccountwherehesharepicturesofhiscatswithmorethan32,slikeAbyssiniansinBeijing.“ThereweremaybeonlythreebreederswhenIstarted[thecafe],butnow…moreandmorecustomersarecomingintoinquireaboutAbyssiniancats.”AtanothercatcafeintheSanlitunneighborhood,thestaffreportthatthere’satleast“oneincidenteveryday”whenanover-eagercustomermeetstheclawsofanannoyedcat,butforailurophileswhocan’tindulgetheirpassionathome,theserisksarejustaddedrealism.“Ilovecatssomuch,butIcan’thaveoneathome,becausemyparentsareallergic,”explainsa21-year-oldrepeatcustomersurnamedWang.“Idon’tthinkraisingacatinthe‘cloud’‘sniff’acat,youhavetoholditwithyourownhands.”Yuan’sexperiencesconfirmthatyouthsarethedriversbehindChina’scateconomy.“Mostofourcustomersareyoung,fromteenagerstothoseintheirearly30s,”hesays.“Whentheyhavetime,theycometothecafe;whentheyarebusy,”Ina2016interviewwithJapanBullet,analystMasahiroYotsumototracedtherootsofJapan’scateconomytotwo“opposingaspects”ofcontemporaryinternetculture—connectivity,andburnoutfrombeingover-connected:“’swhythey’resocaptivating.”Surprisingly,thePeople’sDailyeditorialonempty-nestyouthsagreed,likeningfelinestoaprojectionofthemillennialego:“Catsdon’tneedtobewalked,areneverclingy,andarenocturnal…thesehabitsfitwellwithyouthswhocontinuallycallforindependence,stayuplate,andleadanon-traditionallife.”Ontheotherhand,“Catsusuallywon’tspareaglanceforanythingaroundthem,”Thefactthatmillennialsarespendingtheirleisurehoursfondlingrealandvirtualfelines—insteadofsocializing,gettingmarried,orbuyingahouse—isunpalatabletoastatekeentoensurestabilityandeducatethenextgenerationinsocialistvalues.“Theprocessofraisinga‘catinthecloud’ismoreaboutyoungpeoplecommunicatingwiththemselves,ratherthaninteractingwithcats,”“Theyalwaystrytomakeusouttobepathetic,”shesays,but“there’snocomplicatedtheory”behindher—justtheloveofasoft,,“Atfirst,[my]customersknewnothingaboutthecats,butnowmanycannamedifferentbreeds.”Orasasatiricalmemeforcat-loversputsit,“Sniffacatonce,andspendyourwholelifetryingtoquit.”“TailsfromtheCrypto”isastoryfromourissue,“”.Toreadtheentireissue,,。

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