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How Pop Culture Paved the Way for Bitcoin Adoption

Pop culture and bitcoins have the same relationship as any trend that stormed the world with its encrypted and decentralised nature.

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For years we have been struck with the motion of influence and impact spreading over with the fast adoption of bitcoins in the daily lives of people across the globe. It comes as a shock to us many that it has been hardly over a decade when the world was taken by surprise with revolutionary technology, blockchain underpinning the first ever cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the penetrative impact of the network in financial routines of the industry as well as the individuals associated with it. 

A waking thought still hops in the head that any trend or cultural adoption (no matter which industry it is majorly connected to) by the masses is not the result of just one individual niche of advertisers. Moreover it’s actually the doing of mass cultural references and promotion by various mediums and their featured ideas to keep the audience in tab with the global trending events. Pop culture and bitcoins to the global extent have the same relationship in the process of growth and awareness. To many people’s shock, it seems to be a little hard to understand the correlation between pop culture and bitcoin, considering the difference in the industry and the respective audience they cater, but it has just been a matter of enthusiasm and awareness of the industry leaders to integrate the two, resulting in the global adoption of the crypto network. 

Pop Culture and Bitcoin

Pop Culture aka popular culture covers and impacts the interests of many through the regular mediums of social media, movies and TV shows, art culture, songs etc and their artist being the influencer of the trend on a mass network leading their faithful followers with them. From famous movies featuring bitcoins and blockchain technology with their cinematic work to artists like Eminem name checking the first ever cryptocurrency in his song ‘Not Alike’, and with Netflix featuring a documentary on cryptocurrency in its most viewed playlist, how can we dare say that pop culture has nothing to do with the global impact and adoption of bitcoins.

Animation and TV shows

The power of pop culture has been long due for appreciation but here the animation and TV shows that have been the loyal advocates in keeping up with the crypto trend. 


Undoubtedly, the longest running animated TV shows of all time, the Simpsons have not only gained its reputation in comically showcasing predictions of the future which have been quite precise at times, but have also referenced the encrypted world of bitcoins several times in the show’s 31 years run-

  1. Season 25 Episode 7

This episode has subtly mentioned bitcoin in a scene when lisa runs into Krusty the Klown and mentions to him of being broke to which he replies – ‘ all it takes is some bad luck at the ponies, worse luck in the bitcoin market, and heavy investment in a high-end bookmark company’. Nifty right!

  1. Season 26 Episode 1

Simpsons has undoubtedly given the most creative references with small details or posters in the background. One of which caught our cryptic eyes. In this episode, the notorious corky james “Jimbo”, the high school bully has been featured in a billboard ad, demanding lunch money with “ACCEPTING BITCOINS” mentioned below in block letters. Not exactly the best use of bitcoins exchange but it’s nice to see things changing with time even if it is bullying.

  1. Season 31 Episode 13

In all seriousness, this episode is the mother of all time in dedicating screen time to cryptocurrency within an animated show, with Jim Parsons from big bang theory appearing in a dance segment with a catchy song explaining cryptocurrency and blockchain. How cool is that.

Family guy

Yet another beloved american animated sitcom running for over 2 decades played its role in the adoption of bitcoin when during one of the episodes lois states her concern over their monthly savings to which peter griffin to our surprise mentions bitcoins, given his less than average intellect, but he does speak to quite a length about bitcoins and its potential as a safer asset. 

Long running TV shows such as both family guy and Simpsons even with their comical setup to the entire series, proves the adoption of trends ranging form music culture to financial sector and the role they play in subtly including them in their content.

Moving on from animated shows, some of the well renowned TV shows also played their part especially during the time when bitcoins price surged to its highest point of all time in 2017, including big bang theory and grey’s anatomy.

  • Grey’s anatomy 

In the winter finale of 2017, grey’s anatomy brought attention to cyber crime associated with bitcoin trade. The grey Sloan medical hospital was targeted with cyber crime taking over the hospital servers and medical records of the patients in exchange for quite a sum of bitcoins as ransom, valued at about $20 million at the time when the episode was aired. 

  • Big bang theory

In the season 11 of this comedy series, the producers dedicated an entire episode to bitcoin when its value reached $10,000. Although the plot line of this episode revolved entirely around bitcoin, there were many loopholes and factual information that hardly fell under accurate. Still it is still considered as an influential moment for the large number of audience watching the show.

  • Silicon valley

Yet another TV show in a comical set of storytelling, apparently are big fans of bitcoins since they featured several episodes related to cryptocurrency in the season 5 of the five year run of the show, focusing extensively on ICO’s and bitcoin’s benefits. Majorly Gilfoyle’s explanatory power point presentation on cryptocurrency may just be the most precise run time given on television.

With the run of these amazing TV shows and the writers who excelled in contributing to the cryptocurrency in their script, there are uncountable others who definitely deserves a name check here including The Good Wife, Startup, Mr. Robot, Billions and many others who didn’t fail our expectations to keep up with the changing trends and didn’t miss to include them in the storyline and set the tone for a wide range of viewers.


The impact that pop culture has on the public does trigger an incredible amount of conversations and shape the mass opinion in its wake and that’s exactly what we look into when analyzing the influence of the movie plot lines, projecting awareness and a creative angle to the story. There are movies out there entirely based on the real life incidents and fictitious plot lines revolving around bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

Probably the most important mention in the list of movie plot lines dedicated to cryptocurrency, the 2015 film, dark web sheds light on the trial of the alleged creator of the online black market, silk road running an entire online drug market on bitcoin exchange. The famous movie narrated by Keanu Reeves investigates the controversial inspection by FBI over the Ulbricht case and talks about the development of a decentralized encrypted internet.

  • Horrible bosses 

Yet another Hollywood masterpiece who didn’t forget to feature bitcoin in its plot line speaking towards the common misconception of the relationship between bitcoins and anonymously practiced illicit dealing associated with it.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Another masterpiece from the works of anime that deserves a prize in attention to detail and credibility towards the content designed into the movie for the bitcoin reference that couldn’t be missed in this marvel movie. The digital news billboard running news of the tragic death of Newyork’s hero also gave a shout out to the volatility of bitcoin featuring ‘Bitcoin Hits New High’ and ‘Bitcoin Hits New Low’ side by side.

The promise that these film works have kept by indulging in the details with popular culture trends deserves thousands of applaud for the contribution in shaping the masses opinion. Some of the other films that also followed similar suit include Deadpool, Crypto, Virality and many more in the long list.


Pop culture with the spread of digital media is responsible for shaping the opinion of public on a variety of trends and events taking place around the globe through a number of medium around which the lives of the billions revolve for information as well as entertainment for pretty much anything, everything and everywhere lead by influencers traditionally known as industry leaders and experts in the professional world. With credible sources directly in touch with millions at a time, it is quite safe to assume the level impact resonating on the followers of these leaders, so why doubt the same when concluding the role of pop culture in paving the way for bitcoin adoption.  

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Kraken Daily Market Report for May 08 2021

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  • Total spot trading volume at $2.86 billion, 9% higher than the 30-day average of $2.63 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $797.5 million.
  • The top five traded coins were, respectively, Ethereum, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Tether and Ethereum Classic.
  • Strong returns from Gnosis (+14%) and Ethereum (+12%).

May 08, 2021 
 $2.86B traded across all markets today

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Trading Volume by Asset

The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (May 08 2021)

Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 2021)

Figure 3: Smallest trading assets: (measured in USD) (May 08 2021)

###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %

Figure 7: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (May 08 2021)

###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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Legendary Pelé NFT Set to Drop on Ethernity May 8

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[Press Release – Los Angeles, California, 8th May, 2021]

Iconic Brazilian footballer Pelé will be immortalized in NFT form on May 8.

The legendary striker, named FIFA World Player of the Century, is getting the tokenized treatment with the release of a licensed aNFT – authenticated non-fungible token – exclusively on the Ethernity Chain at 12pm EST.

The coveted collection features several aNFTs of the soccer star, the result of a collaboration between Visual Lab and Rafa Zabala, whose credits include The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes.

The digital presentation includes “THE KING OF FOOTBALL,” an immersive video tracing the player’s humble origins on the streets of Brazil to a packed stadium witnessing his brilliance. The eponymous “Pelé” aNFT, meanwhile, is represented by a hyper-realistic digital bronze bust of the star in his heyday.

As part of the Pelé aNFT collection, Ethernity will be releasing multi-pack trading cards that make a nod to the player’s Panini trading cards of the past.

Ethernity’s special digital trading cards include “Gilded Bicycle Pelé,” which showcases the player executing his signature bicycle kick. The limited edition cards will be part of the Ethernity Cards and Packs Collection launching this summer, 2021.

90% of aNFT sales will go to The Pelé Foundation, a charitable organization that strives to empower young people facing poverty around the world.

Ethernity’s recent Muhammad Ali aNFT auction, which raised over $550,000, also resulted in a significant donation being made to the Muhammad Ali Foundation.

About Ethernity

Ethernity is exploring applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) within the context of art and philanthropy. It provides a way for celebrities and public figures to endorse digital artwork created by renowned artists. Anyone can purchase each limited edition artwork, with a portion of the proceeds going to charitable causes that the celebrity supports. Ethernity was founded by early Bitcoin investor and NFT innovator Nick Rose Ntertsas.

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Crypto Banter Will Give Away Over $500K To 10 Eligible Community Members

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[Press Release – Cape Town, South Africa, 8th May, 2021]

Banter Bags is a unique project in the cryptocurrency world that aims to give back to its community. What initially started as a $10,000 community giveaway is now worth over $500.000. Ten eligible community members will be chosen randomly to receive their share of the spoils once the Crypto Banter Youtube channel surpasses 250,00 subscribers.

The Banter Bags Giveaway is an event created by Ran Neuner, host of CNBC Crypto Trader and founder of Crypto Banter on Youtube. The initial objective was to reward active participation in the community and generate more engagement with the daily streams but as the investments started to grow it became a mechanism to really change some community member lives.

Speaking of pre-market allocations, the Crypto banter team initially put $10,000 in a public Ethereum address. That money was then invested into allocations, with more investments occurring daily to diversify the portfolio further. Several key investments have noted spectacular returns, including Shopx, Aioz, Refineable and Occam. All of these pre-market allocations have gone up in value by a factor of 100 or more.

As the total value of the Banter Bags now exceeds $500,000, a golden opportunity is created for the community. Once the Youtube channel surpasses 250,000 subscribers, ten community members will earn a Banter Bag with the corresponding spoils. The only requirement to be eligible is to subscribe to Crypto Banter on YouTube and follow the Twitter account. Community members can amplify their chances by following @cryptomanran and @sheldon_sniper on Twitter, by liking/commenting on tweets, and engaging with the two daily streams.

The Crypto Banter team adds:

“It started off as a fun idea of giving $10000 to our community, and as we started to invest, we realized that the community loved the idea of investments in pre-market allocations that we previously off-limits for the average investor. With this in mind, we went all in using our influence to reward our community. It was supposed to be a cool $10,000 giveaway to reward the community, and it has landed up becoming an opportunity to change lives. The channel has exploded since we launched this initiative. We’re up by over 100% on every metric, we gained over 100k subscribers and got over 5m views in the last 28 days. More than that, our community has engaged more. They love the idea that we are giving back to them and that we may at any point change another life.”

Five winners have been randomly selected so far, all of which have an amazing story to share. One of the winners, who goes by the name of Irfan, lost his job and was struggling financially. With a pregnant wife expected to give birth in two months, being announced the winner of a Banter Bag triggered a life-changing event for Irfan. Anyone can go through a similar experience once the remaining Bags are given away to community members.

We also announced that one of the bags will be given to a charity and we are currently looking for a viable option.

About Crypto Banter

CRYPTO BANTER was founded by CNBC CRYPTO TRADER host Ran Neuner and is a LIVE STREAMING CRYPTO STATION. We bring you live streaming coverage of the global Crypto markets and give you a chance to call in, break the news, and banter with our guests and hosts. CRYPTO BANTER was created to bring the banter from Crypto Twitter and Telegram to a moderated, curated AV streaming medium. Think of its as a mix of CNBC, JOE ROGAN, and Talk radio for Crypto!

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