Newsweek is receiving heat over luring and then outing the founder of Bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto hasn’t held a “real” job in years, he got into financial problems years ago which may have inspired his idea for Bitcoin, he’s unsurprisingly a Libertarian, and he’s an avid collector of model trains, which is how the reporter hooked him into a discussion by email.
But did we have to know all of that? Bitcoin’s allure is that it’s an unrestricted currency, a symbol of resistance to “the system.” Yes, its growing popularity raises some concerns, as Daniel Altman has explained here on Big Think. But it seems strange to associate a fiercely independent global movement to a single individual who reportedly tried–unsuccessfully–to remain private. Though he may be worth an estimated $400 million, Nakamoto was “caught” living a modest lifestyle in California. Maybe we should have left him alone.
So here’s an absolutely humorless article from the somewhat humorless liberal Salon that accuses the seemingly philosophic filmmaker Harold Ramis of having been a semi-closeted (well he’s loud and proud in Ghostbusters) […]