CONCEPT: A story about this new economy. Powerful story that draws out the key Heroes/Heroines and Villains of not the political world. Rather, the economic world. Hero/Heroine wants to advance the crypto-currency (new economy) agenda. Antagonist wants to stop Hero/Heroine from advancing crypto-currency agenda. Perhaps a related non-fiction work. Pilot for television series based on bitcoins and the new economy. The Hero/Heroine of the story is a new type of money called crypto-currency or bitcoins. The Villain of the story is everything opposed to this new economy (America’s central banks and Federal Reserve. Bankers in general). Subtext: Bitcoin as the advance guard of an emerging, new, method of global exchange.
The Hero/Heroine: A young entrepreneur who wants to change the way society makes exchanges. The largest exchange is the economic exchange. How can the current method of economic exchange be changed? This is what the Hero/Heroine asks.
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One might think that this economic revolution had roots in a particular nation, culture or part of the world. But the revolution is comprised of people from all over the world. From all nationalities as well as all socio-economic groups. A young grade school kid at his desk at home might trade bitcoins. The story might take place at various locations across America and the world. From a person sitting over a Mac Air in Starbucks, trading Bitcoins to players in Hong Kong on the 70th floor of an office building. Having a transaction “mined” to convert the bitcoin into practical currency. Show all areas of this new economy. The idea of crypto-currency represents the latest version of that grand vision of the Internet as a peer-to-peer community like the old Napster. Yet it has become everything but this community in the past few years. Social media has tended to break up communities as well as communication by communities. At its basic level, it is an exchange between people within a community.
Politics have less to do with the state of the world today than economics. It is the great “invisible elephant” in the room of discussion. Economics is never seen because, like water around a fish, it is the environment which is always invisible. Economics is, in effect, an environment, a medium. Within this medium are the “things” of culture. These “things” or “messages” are very loud and get the most attention when broadcast out to the nation.
Economics is a true medium of communication in the sense that Marshall McLuhan once observed that the “medium is the message.” Culture continually becomes distracted by the messages that pour forth from this medium of communication, of exchange. The economy really controls everything in today’s world. But it is not based on noise and yelling and boasting of politics but rather on the subtle forces of that dynamic force of supply and demand that underlies a capitalistic system. The environment of a free exchange between parties without outside interference. Yet, this is not all true since “miners” are needed to unlock cryptocurrency value.
It is really about this unseen (economic) environment we all live within today. Something that effects our relationships within it. We are the “messages” within this “medium” of economics or exchange we live in today. Hollywood focuses on making stories from the “messages” of contemporary culture. Madison Avenue makes these messages into brands. Washington DC turns messages of the controllers into a two-sided story narrative. Each side with their own set of Heroes/Heroines, Helpers, Apprentices, Mentors as well as Villains and Traitors.
As culture is distracted by the constant daily political battles, the Bitcoin revolution continues to grow in the background. An economic revolution rolls forward while most Americans are concerned with “likes” on FaceBook, tweets or binge-watching a Netflix series. What is the psychology behind this mass movement of American culture right now, the end of 2017? A great tulip mania feeling fills the air today. Speculation runs rampant over the cultural landscape. Politics is one thing. Yet, the economics behind politics is another thing.