Bitcoin was in the spotlight of the October 10 issue of The New Yorker, as "The Crypto-Currency" was featured amongst other stories about money, even if it was the only article to consider digital alternatives to the system.
Some peripheral attention has been paid to Bitcoin in the context of Occupy Wall Street. The movement has accepted donations in BTC — which has given its proponents hope that the concept will now be seen as more than a short-lived summertime novelty.
And while it's a long way from the current fringe status of Bitcoin to any sort of mainstream acceptance, the issues surrounding its development and distribution might be more pertinent than ever, at least among those spurred by the sit-in to wonder how the financial system can ever be adequately disrupted. Can the end of cash help popularize a decentralized system that isn't based on borders?
For now, Bitcoins are still the stuff of outsider art, as writer Joshua Davis explored how far he could get with the crypto-currency in America.