The Shadow Tax Free Currency of TV – Bitcoins

Posted: January 18, 2014 in Person of Interest, The Blacklist, Uncategorized
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Apparently the Bitcoin is the WMD (worldwide monetary distribution) of TV characters who transact in the shadows, be they criminals or spies. There were at least two references (The Blacklist and Person of Interest) to Bitcoins on network TV this week. Of course neither was a positive reference.

And, oh one other point. Bitcoins are part of the real world.

It was also revealed on Friday that The US government now owns $28m in Bitcoins from the infamous Silk Road ecommerce site. These have remained unclaimed after their seizure last year.

According to ZDNet “The funds and the website were subject to a civil forfeiture action filed by prosecutors on September 30, and are alleged to have been used to facilitate money laundering.”

Interesting. Money laundering. Just like on Blacklist and POI… and four other series have mentioned Bitcoins according to : The Good Wife, Almost Human, Criminal Minds, and that techno trend setting TV series, The Simpsons.

With Bitcoins, you can be your own bank, goes the definition. Looks like TV writers are banking on Bitcoins to be a continuing profitable plot device.


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