Twitter is in an uproar over the possibility of a live debate between Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin and Crypto critic Nouriel Roubini and the ensuing drama over who might moderate such an event.
Laura Shin, host of the popular crypto podcast Unchained, invited Vitalik and Roubini to a debate on her podcast. Vitalik responded with a “yeah sure why not” while Nouriel’s answer was a bit harsher
Happy to have a live debate with @VitalikButerin . We can agree on a fair moderator that we both agree on, not on biased shills pretending to be pseudo-journalists but who are PR folks for the crypto industry. I have no interest to interact with @laurashin https://t.co/J5EJcphaNV— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) October 13, 2018
Twitter supporters from both sides then jumped in and started giving their two cents on the topic. Many attacked Nouriel for claiming that Laura was a “biased shill” when according to them she was an honest journalist. Laura responded with much restraint in the following tweet
This is totally fair and you are within your right to request a venue/moderator you both agree on. This is why in my email I explained that my audience would be more partial to Vitalik's side. I agree with a commenter that @tylercowen is a good idea. I look forward to tuning in.— Laura Shin (@laurashin) October 13, 2018
Vitalik is one of the most visible and prominent members of the cryptocurrency community. He holds massive influence as both a celebrity figure and as an expert in the field. Vitalik has been pushing for a switch to proof of stake as a form of consensus.
Nouriel, or “Doctor Doom” as he’s known to many for his prediction of the 2008 economic crisis, just gave a scathing testimony to the US senate where he called cryptocurrency “the mother of all scams.” He went on to claim that cryptocurrencies aren’t scalable and are only used by criminals. Nouriel was just as tough on blockchain, calling it an “overhyped technology…glorified spreadsheet or database.”
A battle for the ages seems poised to go down as Vitalik "The Crushin Russian" Vitalik takes on Nouriel "Playboy" Roubini are set to have a live debate. They are currently arguing on twitter about who will moderate the debate with Nouriel declining Laura Shin, Tyler Cowen, and Kevin Pham so far. Check back here at BlockTV for all the updates on the debate, in the meantime I'm gonna grab myself some popcorn.