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I’m indebted to @DannyGroner from Shutterstock for pointing this one out, and particularly because it’s been nagging at me for months. It’s a visual metaphor, and it’s the use of pictures of bit “coins” to illustrate stories about Bitcoin. Because metal coins are about as far away as you can get from what Bitcoin is all about as you can get.

Now I suppose you could blame the creators of Bitcoin for naming them in the way they did, but it doesn’t appear that anyone knows who that is. So in the meantime let’s poke fun at journalists and picture editors covering the Bitcoin phenomenon instead. And if you are looking for a better visual metaphor to illustrate your story, may I suggest…

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