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:
1. Bitcoiners are all white.
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.
2. Bitcoiners are all men.
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.
3. Bitcoin is for scammers and hackers, drug lords, terrorists and money launderers.
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.
If you want to be a part of this video:
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:
- What's your name and age?
- What do you do? (Student, occupation, etc.)
- How can Bitcoin change the world?
- Why do you love Bitcoin?
If you're in the New York City area, email [email protected] 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:
- I am Bitcoin
- Bitcoin is Me
- Bitcoin is you
- Bitcoin is by the people
- Bitcoin is for the people
- Bitcoin is people powered
- Bitcoin is honest
- Bitcoin is open
- Bitcoin is public
- Bitcoin is privacy
- Bitcoin is for you and me
- Bitcoin is for us
- Bitcoin is bigger
- Bitcoin is better
- Bitcoin is new
- Bitcoin is easy
- Bitcoin is fast
- Bitcoin is global
- Bitcoin is local
- Bitcoin is from you to me
- Bitcoin is me to you with no one in between
- Bitcoin is a fresh start
- Bitcoin is a journey to a better world
- Bitcoin is family
- Bitcoin is new friends
- Bitcoin is our chance to build a new world
- Bitcoin is here to stay
- Bitcoin is victory
- Bitcoin is winning
- Bitcoin is backed by work, the work of the people
- Bitcoin rocks!
- Bitcoin is always on
- Bitcoin is service with a smile
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!
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