Internet memes is quite contradictory but still culture, a unique cultural phenomenon that appeared in the world where everything goes online. In different countries, regions and language communities memes appeared quite a long time ago. When cryptocurrency emerged and developed memes penetrated even this field.
Today, The Coin Shark will make a review of cryptocurrency memes and we will show how the modern online-culture reacted to the boom about Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, mining and ICO.
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- Small history insight
- Memes about Bitcoin
- Cryptocurrency memes
- Mining memes
- Memes about ICO
Internet meme is a phenomenon of online space. Both these phenomena possibly emerged at the same time. When the world wide web enlaced the whole globe with its net, and people in different parts of the planet got an opportunity to communicate and exchange information as easy as if they were sitting at the same table, memes emerged and developed mostly at internet platforms for different discussions. New online tools allowed for fast data exchange, so any cute meme could become popular almost immediately and the speed of its spreading was huge. Memes were spread via internet platforms, video hosting services, social networks, etc. Those were interesting and funny pictures, videos, gif-images, melodies, separate words, phrases, etc. Internet community answered with memes to all the world trends in all spheres of life, like policy, sport, technology, culture. It is difficult to identify which memes appeared in the first place, but one of the first memes are absolutely lolcat (pictures of cats with funny captions), O RLY?, facts about Chuck Norris, Pepe the Frog and many other memes.
Hype that we have seen around bitcoin was probably even bigger than hype around the latest president elections in the USA and remained a hot topic even longer. Today, people talk less about the digital gold and its rate is way less appealing, especially for those who have purchased BTC for $10 or $15 thousand not very long time ago. However, the rapid increase of bitcoin rate in 2017 inspired hundreds and thousands of memes. Bitcoin had been demonstrating sustainable growth already in 2016, but 2017 appeared to be its “golden age”. The cryptocurrency started with around $890 per coin and finished the year having reached $19,000 and more. So, the majority of BTC-related memes were about the growth of cryptocurrency’s rate, its volatility, bitcoin geeks, those guys who did not buy bitcoin several month ago, and those who bought it.
And that is how it really used to be back to the times of sustainable bitcoin rate growth in 2017. One could hold the coins for a week or so and gain a double profit or even more!
Here is another popular bitcoin meme, similar to all those stories in movies when people travel in time to purchase winning lottery tickets or to make winning bets.
This meme reflects exchange trading strategy when traders buy currency while its rate is low, then hold it and sell at the higher price later.
And finally, a meme about bitcoin’s volatility.
Many people still think cryptocurrency is a new financial and information tool, however, it has actually been more than 10 years since bitcoin was launched. The cryptocurrency market with all its infrastructure started emerging in 2013-2014. Since the beginning of 2018 we’ve been observing a significant recession – currently bitcoin costs less than $6,5 thousand and Ethereum is less than $200, while it started with more than $1000 in January, 2018. Such a situation also inspired many memes, like:
When talking about cryptocurrency, memes Dogecoin, of course, should not be left unmentioned. This cryptocurrency has a meme as its name and logo. And this meme is Doge – a picture of a Shiba Inu surrounded by multicolored text in Comic Sans font. The meme appeared in 2013 and became very popular. Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency based on the Litecoin blockchain. Today, it is a top-20th coin by market capitalization. However, it has an unlimited emission and currently Dogecoin circulating supply amounts to more than 100 billion coins. One Dogecoin is traded at around $0.006. Dogecoin is also famous for the charity activities of its community. For example, in 2014, the community managed to raise around $50 thousand for Jamaica national bobsleigh team to go to 2014 Winter Olympics. The team was qualified for the Games, but had no money to travel to Russia. Such a Doge.
Cryptocurrency mining is a big industry. However, today, it has changed significantly and a wide range of people is no longer able to mine Bitcoins, Ethereum, Litecoin and other popular cryptocurrencies using their own hardware. Mining is actually about decoding of a hash algorithm to create a new block in blockchain and, as follows, a new coin. Back to the beginning of 2010s, it was possible to mine on one’s own laptop. Today, you will need expensive equipment, huge mining farms or at least connection to mining pool to mine cryptocurrency and gain profit out of it. So, here is a meme about CPU-mining that is currently no longer available for the majority of popular coins:
Mining actually means computing. It requires a lot of power which is a problem for both individual and industrial miners. There is a “What if I told you”- meme featuring Morpheus from the Matrix about this.
Initial coin offering is similar to IPO, but is not regulated with all those strict provisions related to stock market. It enables startups to receive investments easily in exchange for digital tokens they issue. The very first ICO was held in 2013 by Mastercoin that managed to attract $5 million. Today, there are plenty of ICOs offering to invest in the development of payment services, cloud platforms, blockchain-based transport systems, content monetization tools, etc. However, even though blockchain technology is rather secure, ICOs are often subject to fraud and are rather risky. 2016-2017 was the “Golden Age” of ICO campaigns. Back then many startups managed to get huge investments. At the same time many financial regulators were often not crypto-friendly and some jurisdictions (like China) banned ICOs at all.
Despite the fact that cryptocurrency crowdfunding seems to be rather attractive, many investors have not received what they expected. And it is not only about fraud and scam – hundreds of project were simply not successful.
Anyway, it is not really surprising that cryptocurrencies inspired such a huge variety of memes addressing a number of crypto-related topics. And it is obvious that there are more to come – more pictures, images, videos that reflect changes of the cryptocurrency market and other important crypto-events.
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