Posted on January 25, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid |
Apparently one of the TechCrunch commenters whose asinine comments were featured in my post about the death of “real journalism” fell in love with The Drama 2.0 Show and has subsequently . It might be the most delicious Kool Aid I’ve tasted thus far. In fact, I almost pictured Duncan Riley while reading it and therefore I change my recommendation regarding TechCrunch’s free 23andMe Kit: we need to find out if the author is Duncan Riley’s brother from another mother.
If you’re looking for a few laughs on this wonderful Friday, the wisdom-laced words of Internet success story , marketer, programmer, designer, inventor and now comedian, are well worth a read.
The juiciest parts:
Now I see what the deal is. Your on the outside of Web 2.0 and you want in. The only way you could do that is to cause controversy by spewing your opinion on why Web 2.0 won’t work. While you are writing your opinion, billions ($) are going out to 20 year olds who you despise so much.
It’s true. By the time you read this post, ten 20 year-olds will have made their first billion from Web 2.0. Another fifty are being prepared for the minting process as we speak. Forbes is actually trying to cope with the situation: so many Web 2.0 billionaires are being created on a daily basis that the list of the world’s wealthiest people is getting too long.
It has to hurt to see Xbox playing, Eminem listening, and Mountain Dew (or Red Bull) drinking 20somethingers making millions while your day has come and gone. Its sad.
I am sure in your day you had to earn everything by following your bosses every order and doing what your were told. You didn’t have the opportunity or you didn’t take the opportunity to make your own way. Now you see these younger generations making huge gains, without the need for to answer to some higher authority who is keeping them under his/her foot.
The irony, of course, is that Jason apparently doesn’t know that I’m a “20somethinger” and that I’ve been making money as an entrepreneur since high school (even earlier if you count the homework-for-hire enterprise I started in middle school).
Fortunately, because I’ve had opportunities to gain experience in a number of different (but sometimes interrelated) industries and my business (and personal) dealings go well-beyond the small-world of technology startups, I can see the forest from the trees and manage to maintain residence in the world most people call reality.
I’m not impressed with paper money (there’s far too much real money out there to enjoy) and I’m not naive enough to think that the average twenty-something is a paper money bubble billionaire like Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, if Jason stopped reading books about Ruby on Rails and about the world around him, he’d probably know that the average twenty-something is saddled with an incredible amount of debt (as of 2005, the average student borrower graduated with over $27,000 of it). Yes, Millennials and debt are good friends.
I am sure one day I will be in your shoes or I could keep learning new skills and stay humble a not become a washed up has been.
Given Jason’s apparent troubles putting together a sentence without a typo, I think it’s safe to say that it’s unlikely we’ll walk in each other’s shoes. I also suspect that if we compared tax returns, the probability would decrease even more significantly. But that’s okay and I’ve never been one to engage in a pissing contest (it’s a waste of good liquor). I suspect Jason is more of a Birkenstock guy while I prefer my Tanino Criscis. Different strokes for different folks.
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