Stock markets for journalism

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The literal "marketplace of ideas."

In the same way stock markets measure value,
Idea Markets measure credibility.

Instead of buying and selling shares of companies,
you buy and sell votes for publishers.

Get rich by being right.

Buy votes to increase a publisher's rank. As rank increases, so does the value of your stake.

The more courageous your thinking, the more you profit.

Profit from being "on the right side of history." Genuine understanding pays — no matter your point of view.

Earn money while fighting propaganda.

The only way to defeat a bad idea is with a better idea.

Publishers profit by earning trust.

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"I don't understand. Why does credibility need a stock market?"

Introduction to Idea Markets

The End of Fake News—Corporate and otherwise

With only a browser extension showing a linked domain's rank, anyone can see how much trust a publisher has earned.

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Price discovery.


The Epistemic Revolution

A stock market for credibility rewards people for courageous thinking and makes lying expensive.

Create productive discourse

by making mutual understanding a financial necessity

Undermine propaganda

by moving money (and trust) from platforms that imitate insight to those that truly provide it

Solve fake news effortlessly

by making credibility prohibitively expensive to fake

"NASDAQ for X"

Idea Markets mimics the incentives of stock markets.

All deposits earn interest, but interest is given only to market winners.

Interest from all deposits is divided between holders of top-ranking tokens (those with >1% of the total market's capitalization).

A percentage of all deposits are kept in the Permafund forever — a "snowballing" interest pool.

Market winners earn more interest than the Compound rate, counterbalanced by capital risk.

This enables both speculation and income.

Credibility markets are one of many use cases.

By replacing credentialism with skin-in-the-game, Ideamarket allows a group to curate anything and send an unstoppable signal.

Ideamarket as governance

Create "perpetual elections" by allocating interest on all deposits to holders of only the #1 token.

Have a private election for your DAO by creating your own token and making it the only acceptable deposit currency.

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Where does my money go?

When you buy votes on Ideamarket, your money is deposited into software that acts like a bank. It offers secured loans to others, and pays interest on your deposit. Interest is distributed to the owners of top-ranking sites on Ideamarket. You can sell your votes at their current price and withdraw your money at any time.

How is Ideamarket unstoppable?

Ideamarket is built on Ethereum — software that behaves like financial institutions, completely without human involvement. Think “Napster for finance.” Ethereum is maintained by thousands of peer-to-peer nodes, so it's virtually impossible to shut down. Transacting on Ethereum has its own risks, but they're mostly technical instead of counterparty risks.

Can't someone just "buy their way to the top"?

If you buy a high ranking, you must pay out of pocket. But publishers that earn a high ranking crowdsource its cost. In a mature market, the difference in profitability between a buyer and an earner is decisive.

Price discovery.

This is a list of the most credible websites in the world.

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How it works

Idea Markets reverses Brandolini's Law

"It takes less energy to refute bullshit than to produce it."

Idea Markets reverses Brandolini's Law:

"It takes less energy to refute bullshit than to produce it."

FactsRisk management
Implies knowledge is certain ("write facts to blockchain")Implies knowledge is uncertain ("we'll see")
Black and white (facts vs myths)Shades of grey (seems more useful vs less)
Moral obligation to accept ("Don't deny science!")Financial necessity to doubt ("Markets make fools of people.")
Moral crusade to convince ("Everyone must accept my facts")No need to convince ("They'll profit if they agree with me, their loss if not")
Contempt for doubters ("science deniers")Respect for doubters (Bears vs Bulls)
Morally justifies stubbornness ("It's a fact, I don't need to question it")Incentivizes intellectual honesty ("I lose money if I don't question everything.")

Credibility is valuable.
Why do media corporations get it for free?

Leading publishers face displacement by superior competitors — just like companies.

Make money — and an impact.

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How is Ideamarket unstoppable?

Ideamarket is built on Ethereum — software that behaves like financial institutions, completely without human involvement. Think “Napster for finance.” Ethereum is maintained by thousands of peer-to-peer nodes, so it's virtually impossible to shut down. Transacting on Ethereum has its own risks, but they're mostly technical instead of counterparty risks.

"It takes less energy to refute bullshit than to produce it."

Ideamarket votes vs Campaign donations

.Campaign donationsIdeamarket votes
Get your money back
Make a difference after election
Overcome media sabotage
TitleAuthorYearISBN
❌ Brandolini's Law: "It takes more energy to refute bullshit than to produce it."Idea Markets: "It takes less energy to refute bullshit than to produce it."  

How it works

When seeking narratives, we seek authority.

When seeking investments, we seek value.

Therefore, the best way to choose public narratives is with investment.

Take on corporate media without ads, subscriptions, or donations

The impact you've always wanted to make.

Release date: March 1, 2020 (Delayed)

Credibility should come from you, not from corrupt institutions.

Ideamarket takes the power back.

Humans are memetically modified organisms.

Frustrated people buy more escapes. Outraged people ask fewer questions.


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For Publishers

Take on corporate media without ads, subscriptions, or donations

Ideamarket takes the power back.

Crypto's brightest are taking notice. You should too.

Corporate media has failed.

Public narratives shouldn't be decided by private interests.

Ideamarket allows publishers and their audiences to establish uncensorable credibility
without relying on corporate media for legitimacy.

The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it."

Profit by discovering undervalued publishers

Trust:

Make money from what matters — the trust you've established with your audience.

(no ads, subscriptions, or donations)

Ideamarket allows publishers and their audiences to establish uncensorable credibility by risking money.

100% free, forever.

More viewers.
More profits.
More credibility.

100% free, forever.


Grow your influence.
Broaden your reach.
Increase your compensation.

(Free, forever.)

Get listed for free on the stock market for credibility.

1
Your rank is your influence.

Readers vote to increase your rank.

3
Get new viewers immediately.

Readers are rewarded for discovering the best new publishers.

2
Only your readers impact your rank.

Not big tech, your government, or your competitors.

4
Money spent voting for you, pays interest to you.

Earn a living without compromising your ideals.

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"Why does credibility need a stock market?"

Introduction to Idea Markets


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In order to use it right now, you’ll need Ethereum and DAI in your crypto wallet (Metamask, Brave, or Portis).

If you've never heard of any of that, no problem.

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“If we care for certain things, we must in honesty hazard some hope in their defense. A good deal of what we value most, whether openly or in silence, clearly or confusedly, is necessarily common. These are things that affect us all, and we can only preserve or neglect them together.” —Jedediah Purdy, For Common Things

Creates intellectual gold rush

Where smart people get rich by identifying ideas that shape the future

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Central banks print money.
Centralized media print credibility.

Idea markets return this power to the public.

Central banks create money.
Centralized media create credibility.

Idea markets allow the public to create credibility for ourselves.

Idea markets give the public the power to decide what's true, important, and trustworthy.

Uncensorable: A listed publication can't be removed from the conversation.Unpartisan: Idea markets don't care what you believe—only that you believe it enough to risk money.Unstoppable: Idea markets will make it more profitable for media to earn public trust than to control public opinion.

Solves the

fake news crisis
corporate news crisis
partisanship crisis

In one swoop.

Corporate media would rather control public opinion than earn public trust.

Idea markets make it more profitable for media to earn public trust than to control public opinion.

Idea markets give the public irrevocable power to decide what narratives are credible.

Centralized media create "fiat narratives" that are only true because they say they are.

Corporate media would rather control public opinion than earn public trust.

Idea markets are a decentralized platform for measuring public trust—a stock market for narrative credibility.



Idea markets provide independence from public narratives created by private interests.

Central banks print money.
Centralized media print credibility.

Idea markets give the public the power to decide credibility.

Idea markets make it more profitable for media corporations to earn public trust than to control public opinion.

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