TL;DR: Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet is actually a follow up documentary film from its 2014 predecessor, Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It. It’s now half a decade later, and the cryptocurrency ecosystem has changed. Few know more about that change than the writer, director, and producer of both documentaries, Torsten Hoffmann. We get behind the scenes with Hoffmann and discover a truism about Bitcoin Jesus, Roger Ver. This episode is available embedded in the article below, and on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, Breaker, PocketCasts, PodBean, YouTube for Newer Episodes, YouTube Older Episodes, and Overcast.
Bitcoin Influencers Changed, Roger Ver Didn’t, New Cryptopia Documentary Shows
Back in 2014, a lifetime in cryptocurrency, Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It traced money’s development, exposing the modern and very cozy relationship between central banks, systemic corruption, and how the Great Recession, then only a few years old and still smoldering, was caused by it all. The little-known, little-understood Bitcoin was gaining steam, becoming a force among a band of principled libertarians, nerds, and crypto-anarchists.
It’s now more than half a decade since, and the ecosystem has grown and changed. No longer unified, and maybe that was a myth to begin with, Bitcoiners have split into a thousand different camps and coins, either as a sign of vibrancy or impotence … depending on who is evaluating. Hoffmann remains as neutral a journalist as is possible, all things considered, and is anything but a tourist. He was there in 2014, and he’s back again to give a very rare perspective.
Hoffmann talks with all camps, and in Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet, a newbie gets a real, substantive sense of where the space is now and from where it has come. One figure we focus on in this episode when discussing Hoffmann’s latest work is Roger Ver, Founder of Bitcoin.com. Once known lovingly as Bitcoin Jesus for his passionate advocacy, Ver is now regarded by some as Bitcoin Judas for his supposed change in promoting Bitcoin Cash (BCH) over BTC.
But did Ver change? Interestingly, he is a central figure in both Hoffmann docs, and the verdict seems pretty clear: no. Ver didn’t change, Bitcoin influencers changed. BTC became exclusively digital gold, a store of value, unworthy of being spent or used. On purpose. Ver, all along, championed bitcoin becoming a sought-after medium of exchange first, cheap and fast and easy to use … on its way to becoming, perhaps, a digital form of gold as well. In 2014 through now, Ver remains constant, a dogged promoter of peer-to-peer electronic cash, as Hoffmann inadvertently shows.
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