While a lot of people around the world are actively trying their best to bring more awareness to Bitcoin, sometimes we get help from an unexpected ally. In the recent episode of NCIS : New Orleans, Bitcoin become a topic of conversation a few times. While the rest of the conversation didn’t necessarily put Bitcoin in a positive light, it is still good to hear the term thrown around on US national TV.
Note : The following description contains spoilers in regards to the NCIS : New Orleans episode. It is hard to avoid these spoilers as we want to put the Bitcoin part in its proper context.
During the latest episode of NCIS : New Orleans, which is episode 12 titled “The Abyss”, I noticed something particularly interest : the term” Bitcoin” was used multiple times throughout the episode. One of the actors even explained it as “peer-to-peer cryptocurrency”, instead of calling it “internet money”, which is how most people view it these days.
The reason Bitcoin became a topic in this episode is because of the storyline, in which someone tried to auction off ancient coins through DeepWeb. As the NCIS team was debating how one could launcher ancient coins into actual currency, yet remain anonymous at the same time, the term “Bitcoin” was brought up several times.
It turned out these coins were sold through BlackMarket, a DeepWeb marketplace where the seller of the coins was only accepting Bitcoin as a payment method. Most of you will know that DeepWeb is associated with all of the illegal activity going on on the internet, which does not put Bitcoin a positive light in this context.
However, NCIS New Orleans is a show available on US national television, as the episodes are on CBS, one of the US’s main broadcasting channels. Furthermore, as the NCIS shows in general usually draw in a few million viewers per episode, the term “Bitcoin” has been brought to the attention of lots of potential new users.
Furthermore, this is not the first time we see or hear the term “Bitcoin” come up in popular TV shows. Almost Human, a FOX show that was cancelled after the first season (bring back Karl Urban, please!), as well as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. both mentioned “Bitcoin” during one of their episodes. Looks like mainstream media condemns Bitcoin, but screenwriters are integrating the concept into their storylines.
Whether this will actually have a beneficial impact on the Bitcoin ecosystem remains to be seen, but free advertising on US national television never hurts.