Bitcoin ‘died’ 45 times in 2021 as media still eager to post BTC obituaries

As Bitcoin (BTC) was hitting new historical highs above $68,000 this year, global cryptocurrency naysayers were increasingly blasting BTC for its extreme volatility and potential risks.

According to Bitcoin Obituaries data by Bitcoin education portal 99Bitcoins, the original cryptocurrency was declared “dead” as many as 45 times in 2021, which is at least three times more than in 2020.

Despite the growing number of Bitcoin critics in 2021, the number of obituaries is still significantly less this year than was recorded in 2017, the year when BTC first reached close to $20,000. That year, Bitcoin “died” 124 times.

Incepted in 2010, 99Bitcoins’ Bitcoin Obituaries list has English-language statements, including content about the fact that Bitcoin “is or will be worthless.” To qualify an obituary, the content should be produced by a person with a “notable following or a site with substantial traffic.”

It has counted 438 obituaries so far, with one of the latest obituaries produced by Robert McCauley, an associate member of the faculty of history at the University of Oxford. In a Dec. 22 guest post for the Financial Times, McCauley argued that Bitcoin is “worse than a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme,” arguing that BTC holders “will have no one to pursue to recover” sums that they “paid the miners for their Bitcoin.”

Eswar Prasad, senior professor of international trade policy at Cornell University, previously predicted that “Bitcoin itself may not last…

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