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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Too young to be rich?

Does anybody really think that the public outcry over Sean Parker's wedding had much to do with Redwood trees environmental damage to streams? No: it's all about excess. It's about someone who's too young to be this rich and too too clueless to realize that the rest of society is losing patience with the new Gilded Age.

Yeah, I said it: too young to be this rich.

Just as children need to be treated differently in the criminal justice system, because their brains aren't developed fully, people in their 20s who have sudden wealth can easily turn into entitled assholes, because they haven't had the life experience to know what the rest of the world is like.

The tech industry has done what no industry in America ever did before: Create a generation of vastly wealthy people who made their fortunes before they hit 30. It's no surprise that some of them are getting into trouble: Are you proud of everything you did at 26?

The Sean Parkers of the world need to learn a little humility and keep a lower profile until they've figured out that they aren't any better then anyone else. Or they're going to spit on and insulted and sneered at by waiters. That's just how it is.


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  2. Sean Parker's wedding was offensive in so many ways, not the least of which was its extravagant and conspicuous display of extreme wealth, an exhibition of excess in an era of privation and a widening income gap.

    It was just too much in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  3. Reminds me of sports stars, who often have big money and big egos. A good comparison for Parker would be LeBron James after "The Decision" -- he was absolutely reamed. Presumably, James learned from the experience and became a better person. Hopefully Parker can do the same.

    Also, Parker should be getting better PR advice. If you're a rich public figure, never complain. It just makes things worse.