It’s no secret that those who feel threatened by Bitcoin will attack it. Just a month ago, the New York Times published a malicious article article on Bitcoin mining power consumption. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has repeatedly attacked Bitcoin from various angles, going so far as to launch a “anti crypto armytargeting Bitcoin as a danger to consumers, while misleading the public about Bitcoin’s environmental impact.
These verbal assaults are not isolated and the examples above represent only a small part of the rise that Bitcoin needs to embrace en masse. To put it mildly, Bitcoin is disrupting countless industries, making centralized authorities fear losing their monopoly over money and the power that comes with it. Bitcoin essentially “bluffs” corrupt bureaucrats and infinitely inflated fiat currencies that further enrich those who own assets while eating away at the purchasing power of those who live paycheck to paycheck. Because Bitcoin is location-independent and able to use flexible loads, it naturally increases demand for the cheapest energy sources, which are often natural gas or locked-in renewables.
So why are many elected officials and corporations trying to vilify and work to ban Bitcoin mining? Probably because their ego prevents them from understanding Bitcoin’s value proposition, but the facts speak for themselves.
Alana Mediavilla is a Wife, Mother, Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Filmmaker, and Bitcoiner. She’s got a hell of a resume and a passion for storytelling. Armed with their Bitcoin knowledge and skills, Mediavilla decided to film and produce the documentary “dirty roomwhich highlights the value of Bitcoin mining while simultaneously shattering the theory that Bitcoin mining is bad for the environment.
It was a privilege to hear his story and I know his passion for Bitcoin will inspire you.
What is your professional background?
I have been an artist and entrepreneur all my life. I couldn’t help it. I started my production company in Silicon Valley 11 years ago and was recruited to be a video producer at Google Cloud for nearly five years as I continued to run my creative agency for other big technology names. In 2021, I left Google full-time to focus my efforts on my business, my own intellectual property, and my movies.
How did you first hear about Bitcoin and what definitely attracted you to it?
I heard about bitcoin during my daughter’s ballet class in Campbell, CA. A friend of mine who also had his daughter in the same class told me to buy as much bitcoin as I could waste that week. He told me it was going to go up, so I escalated into Bitcoin. It got me paying attention and when my Cuban grandfather told me he knew people sending bitcoin to Cuba, I dug into what bitcoin really was. What I discovered blew me away and continues to do so to this day.
How do you generally respond to bitcoin scorners, especially your loved ones?
I’m making a feature length documentary explaining my position to them XD.
It is understandable to be against Bitcoin. Crypto is a clown show and many don’t see the difference between bitcoin and shitcoins. Add to that that a lot of people were brought up with an energy shortage mentality, so having a crypto “hog all the energy” definitely sounds alarming. The problem is that this is simply not the case. Is the industry perfect? Surely not! But do we look at the energy consumption of other industries in the same way? Are we educated enough to know the situations where having an energy-intensive industry like Bitcoin mining can be a good thing, such as in cases with surge mitigation or becoming a buyer of last resort in the middle of nowhere?
Understanding more factual information about the space can only create better conversations about Bitcoin.
In your opinion, why is it important to close the gender gap in Bitcoin interest and adoption?
Bitcoin is for everyone. Closing the gender gap brings diversity of users and advocates into Bitcoin. Women are particularly good at influencing their social circles and communities. More women in the bitcoin space means more women championing bitcoin locally. We need all kinds of people to advocate for financial sovereignty, and it starts with the conversations around the dinner table that moms are very often tasked with leading. Whether a woman is financially independent or supportive of her partner who takes on this responsibility for the family, women understanding the importance of Bitcoin means more support for other women, members of their community, and most importantly, their families. .
This is a guest post by Becca Bratcher. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.