Despite their reputation as an investment only for the computer-savvy, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are increasingly entering the mainstream consciousness, even amid government pushback. One Chinese musician has contributed to this process by composing the first ever love-song and music video dedicated to Bitcoin.
[dropcap size=small]Z[/dropcap]hangZhang’s love-song to Bitcoin, “We Are All Bitcoins,” debuted during the Global Bitcoin Summit, a somewhat awkward time for his Chinese listeners. As CCN has reported, Bitcoin’s increasing prominence led an unnamed Chinese government agency to pressure Chinese media to ignore the much-hyped Chinese summit on cryptocurrency.
Defying such government censorship, ZhangZhang praises Bitcoin for wrenching power away from overreaching central governments and placing it back in the hands of the people. Referencing its “transparency” and ability to “eliminat[e] injustice,” the singer joyfully declares that Bitcoin has “changed the world” and lit up the globe with “sunshine.”
Unlike the Chinese government, which purports to brand Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as rebellious digital currencies that are not compatible with the Chinese nation, “We Are All Bitcoins” argues that Bitcoin is not just a currency–it is a mindset that increasing numbers of people in China have begun to adopt. The music video features several shots of large groups of people declaring that Bitcoin is not a mere currency that can be censored or banned, because they are the embodiment of the mindset that led the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto to create Bitcoin in the first place.
In the midst of his underhanded critiques of Chinese monetary policy, ZhangZhang takes time to emphasize the importance of building a unified cryptocurrency community that includes coins of all shapes, sizes, and creeds. Unlike some Bitcoin promoters, who argue that altcoin-backers should abandon their attempts at improving upon Bitcoin’s open-source foundation to unify behind a single coin, ZhangZhang’s “We Are All Bitcoins” infers that the Bitcoin mindset is so all-encompassing that even the most obscure altcoins fall under that label. In the music video, ZhangZhang refers to a number of altcoins, including Dogecoin and Worldcoin, and his backup dancers wear shirts with both Litecoin and Quarkcoin logos.
This is a refreshing viewpoint to a growing cryptocurrency community that has become increasingly splintered as more and more coins have entered the market. While debates about the technical aspects of which form of cryptocurrency is best are important, they should not distract from the fact that, at their core, all cryptocurrencies seek to do the same thing–give people more control over their money and subvert government attempts at censoring the will of their citizens.
Despite dealing with several negative topics, ZhangZhang remains remarkably upbeat and positive about Bitcoin’s future. Considering China’s increasing opposition to Bitcoin and the marked division between proponents of different cryptocurrencies, one may be tempted to argue that ZhangZhang’s optimism seems somewhat premature. However, based on attendance counts from the Global Bitcoin Summit–which was nearly full despite clear government opposition and a lack of media coverage–ZhangZhang’s “We Are All Bitcoins” may be a prophecy of what is to come.
Last modified (UTC): May 13, 2014 08:55