One of the more popular ways of bringing Bitcoin to the general public is by creating documentaries. Not only are these types of screenings informative, but they also offer a way for people to catch up on important parts of Bitcoin’s storied history over the past few years. And within also lies the problem, as these documentaries only talk about the past.
Bitcoin Documentaries – Good Format, Outdated Content
Bringing Bitcoin to a mainstream audience in a format they can understand and consume whenever they like is not an easy task. Over the years, several books on Bitcoin have been published, with many more in the works as we speak. And these books can be consumed in any form, regardless of whether it’s on paper, through an e-reader or on a tablet or mobile phone.
That being said, not everyone wants to learn more about Bitcoin through traditional means such as a written book. These days, our society wants snappy headlines, read up on content within a minute, and move on to the next topic. A book doesn’t lend itself to that purpose, unfortunately, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
However, most people tend to read a book to relax, and not to learn new things, especially not if there is a technological learning curve attached to it. And in the case of Bitcoin, you can understand the ideology without any prior technical knowledge. Yet most people are still afraid of the subject due to its technological implications.
This is where documentaries come into the picture, as they present a far easier medium to consume for the everyday person. Whether it is something we watch on tv or via the Internet, video content is being consumed a lot more than any other form of media – except for music perhaps. And even though there are several Bitcoin- and Blockchain-themed songs in existence, none of them has gained any major traction just yet.
Several Bitcoin documentaries have been released in recent times, with names such as “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” and “Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It”. Additionally, there are several documentaries still in post-production at this time, and both “Life on Bitcoin” and “I Am Satoshi” are expected to be released within the next few months.
And while these documentaries tell the story of Bitcoin in a video format – giving it a proper “story” feeling -, the information presented in these documentaries is vastly outdated by the time they get released to the general public. The world of technology is evolving at an accelerated pace, and in the case of Bitcoin, that pace is accelerated even more.
Promoting Bitcoin On The Big Screen?
If neither books nor music nor documentaries present a plausible way to promote Bitcoin to everyday consumers, there are not too many options left at your disposal. And even though Bitcoin has received several mentions in popular TV shows in recent months, the disruptive digital currency has always been associated with illegal activities. A moniker which will be hard to shake, given Bitcoin’s turbulent past.
A logical step would be to take Bitcoin to the big screen, in terms of making a movie. Regardless of whether this movie is close to the truth or set up in the future, it would prove to be a far more powerful tool to promote Bitcoin to a large audience. After all, people talk about movies throughout the ages, yet documentaries, are hardly ever referenced to, except in small circles.
Making a movie about Bitcoin does not come cheap, however, as the cost will most likely be a seven-digit one. Finding investors for such a project could prove to be a daunting task as well, as there is no immediate “return of investment” to be made, except for the long run. However, we have seen a large influx of VC money in Bitcoin this year already, so a movie might become a reality sooner than we might think.
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