EasyBitz, a Bitcoin outreach organization based in the heart of New York City, is making a video to introduce retailers to real Bitcoin people.
EasyBitz’s aim here is to show store owners and businesses that the Bitcoin community is not a scary group of hackers and evil-doers. It’s made of regular people like you and I who have normal jobs and hope that Bitcoin can be a common part of life in the future. If businesses can reach out to the Bitcoin community, then the snowball will get rolling as we continue to prove our growth in the normal everyday life.
There are common stereotypes about Bitcoiners that we should aim to break:
The sad fact is that the prominent figures like Roger Ver, Jeffrey Tucker, Gavin Andresen and many more are all white Americans. We need to show how Bitcoin has attracted a diverse world of people including students who send Bitcoin back to family overseas, immigrants on the border whose government has barred access to banking, and citizens of nations ravaged by inflation.
Again, the prominent figures on the news and media have mainly been men. We need to show that women, children, and men make up the Bitcoin community. Working as a video journalist, I have come in contact with hundreds of people across every demographic who are excited about this technology.
Looking back on the past year, our image has been molded by a number of events like the Silk Road bust of last year extending to Ross Ulbricht’s continuing criminal case, the whole Mt. Gox situation and Charlie Shrem’s arrest for alleged assistance in money laundering. Far too many people, including law makers, that I have talked to have only heard bad things and this video could be the first step in showing the true face of our community.
All that is required is that you love Bitcoin and have owned and used it.
Questions for the video that EasyBitz may ask you are:
If you’re in the New York City area, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and a time & place to shoot the video. It may take about 5 minutes.
If you’re not in the New York City area, that’s fine! Just upload a video of yourself here answering the above questions and saying one of the phrases below:
Consider filming your video of yourself in front of an interesting background like a famous landmark or artwork. Be sure to have good lighting and sound so that retailers and interested people can really see and hear you.
What do you think? Comment below!
Images from EasyBitz and Shutterstock.
Last modified (UTC): October 26, 2014 00:42