Published on June 23rd, 2013 | by Alan Cross


The New Yorker Magazine Profiles Sean Parker

Sean, of course, was a co-founder of Napster and was once president of Facebook.  The New Yorker takes this look at him and what he’s doing now.  And it’s not the kind of profile you might expect. I quote:

Clearly, there is an aim, on Parker’s part, to demonstrate distance from the man portrayed in “The Social Network” as a manipulative, paranoid coke fiend. In an open letter, published on the Atlantic Web site after he was slammed across the Internet, Parker mounted a vigorous defense of his special day—“none of the usual tasteless crap that rich people do at their weddings was present here”—disputing accusations of reckless mismanagement, and highlighting his ongoing efforts in “conservation work.”

Still, it’s hardly news that the young and extremely wealthy are often silly, self-absorbed, and decadent. There tends to be dissonance between the way they see themselves (benevolent) and the way they are seen by society (obnoxious). The interesting question is whether the rest of us are finally growing hostile to the move-stuff-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley.

See what I mean?  Keep going.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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