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1. Bellinger, Matthew Charles. The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities.

Degree: PhD, 2019, University of Washington

The rise of Bitcoin and related digital currencies has been accompanied by a proliferation of discourse about these technologies, including debates about their value and status as forms of money. This dissertation examines digital currency discourse from a rhetorical perspective, and traces the development and impact of a key trope of early Bitcoin discourse – the application of commodity money rhetoric to Bitcoin – to understand the rhetorical construction of Bitcoin. It argues that early attempts to establish Bitcoin as a form of money, which figured Bitcoin as a "natural" entity beyond the reach of community politics, produced an unanticipated rhetorical fallout: the displacement of the politics of the Bitcoin community onto the development of Bitcoin as a technology. It further argues that this early displacement continues to influence the rhetorical dynamics of Bitcoin and its heirs by shaping subsequent debates over digital currency governance and valuation. Advisors/Committee Members: Harold, Christine (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: bitcoin; blockchain; cryptocurrency; digital currency; money; rhetoric; Communication; Rhetoric; Sociology; Communications

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APA (6th Edition):

Bellinger, M. C. (2019). The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Washington. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1773/43342

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Bellinger, Matthew Charles. “The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Washington. Accessed March 20, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/43342.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Bellinger, Matthew Charles. “The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities.” 2019. Web. 20 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Bellinger MC. The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Washington; 2019. [cited 2019 Mar 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/43342.

Council of Science Editors:

Bellinger MC. The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Washington; 2019. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1773/43342

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