Duncan Riley: I Think We Found Your Brother from Another Mother

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.

Am I getting close?

To what?

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10 Responses to “Duncan Riley: I Think We Found Your Brother from Another Mother”

  1. on January 25th, 2008 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the pub.

  2. Drama 2.0 on January 25th, 2008 1:25 pm

    Anytime, my man.

    [Start Narcissistic Millennial-Speak]

    I love throwing my fans a bone whenever I can.

    [End Narcissistic Millennial-Speak]

  3. Dennis on January 25th, 2008 1:27 pm

    hahaha i love this blog.

  4. Dennis on January 25th, 2008 1:30 pm

    a friend of mine is beside himself trying to create the next big facebook app that will make him millions of dollars, talking with the same hope and eagerness i heard other friends talking about making the next big affiliate ad site that would make them millions a few years ago.

    while i wish him the best of course, i am going to slip this blog into his list of required reading blogs next chance i have.

  5. Stanley Miller on January 25th, 2008 4:24 pm

    Drama: You are truly wise beyond your years. But I think at times you can be a little harsh on the Techcrunch kids. Don’t spoil their dreamy dreams. Soon enough they’ll realize they were simply “Fooled by Randomness”; all along they were nothing more than tools for Papa Bear.

  6. Drama 2.0 on January 25th, 2008 4:39 pm

    It’s a harsh world and I’m a harsh man. One of the most beautiful things in life is that you can tell a weak man that his dreams are illusions, you can tell him why they’re illusions and you can tell him why they never can be realized and yet he will still believe in them and head down the same hopeless path. You can watch in amusement as he flops around like a fish out of water failing to comprehend why it is so.

    And in the end, the strong man looks at the weak man, and like Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, says “I broke you and I beat you.”

  7. Cyndy Aleo-Carreira on January 25th, 2008 8:23 pm

    Came a little closer to the big reveal by hinting at your age there, Drama. Keyser Soze was actually older than 20-something.

    I read about this stuff all day long. Some of it’s good. Most of it’s bad. But your blog is the one I save for last because I’m guaranteed at least one actual LOL.

  8. Drama 2.0 on January 25th, 2008 8:35 pm

    I’m a young Keyser Söze. By the time I’m 40, I will have made the original Keyser Söze look like a Boy Scout. Believe that!

    I’ve already revealed my age here.

  9. Grendel on January 25th, 2008 9:46 pm

    From the heart of the piles of useless Web 1.0 stock option paper I point and laugh at these clueless twats.

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