My Greatest Sadness (perhaps)

It is perhaps my greatest sadness that the following sentence could have ever appeared in a venerable, otherwise rigorous, engineering journal:

Bitcoin is a disruptive new crypto-currency based on a decentralized open-source protocol which has been gradually gaining momentum.

Such a sentence belongs in a Wall Street/Silicon Valley powerpoint presentation, along with some earnest-sounding phrases about changing the world for the better, spoken by a privileged (88% likely to be) white (95% likely to be) male manning a laptop and driving a Tesla, who, in truth, could give a shit about the world, changing it, or indeed any other person on the planet.