The Australian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” featured a bitcoin question that left the contestant. The contestant perhaps wanted to use a “phone a nerd” option to figure the answer out. Could bitcoin’s underlying technology actually be a brickstring?
A brickstring does make sense in a mental picture. I mean, c’mon? We’re kind of splitting hairs when we have to choose blockchain over brickstring. A brickstring makes decent sense, doesn’t it? When a house is built, the construction workers lay the bricks in an interlocking pattern. It could be argued that this is the same concept of blockchain. The mental metaphor isn’t that far off.
Alas, trivia shows don’t allow for debate, as fun as that would be. Crypto-twitter would surely be the best contestants for a game show based around winning a debate. At least a show like that could bring back the study of the finer points of traditional debate that started in ancient Greece.
If anyone doubts that bitcoin is not out of the “early adopters” phase, its cameo appearance in one of the oldest, most globally recognized game shows should help squash that doubt. Though bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are well recognized by a majority of people, many interested investors do not actually own any. However, this is rapidly changing as new avenues for newcomers are launched, such as a possible ETF, institutional custodial products, and other trading vehicles.
Bitcoin has arrived. It has become a global frontier that the journeyers know about and have an opinion on. Even if the opinion is negative, the fascination is alive and well, even if adoption isn’t yet.
Cryptocurrency and blockchain education could also help remove the fear and mystique that keep some on the sidelines, along with secure storage/custodial options. Bitcoin’s appearance on the most “normie” of TV shows highlights that the years of organic publicity has paid off.
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