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Sean Parker

October 11, 2011

I took notes, and they are integrated into my large paragraph, because it is the only way I can keep my flow of thought moving.

As I began reading the article on Sean Parker, a reference was immediately made about his audi s6, which I of course has to look up to see all of the specifications; I love cars. The article right off the bat is clearly written for wealthy people, that is obvious, and if you are not, then like me, you are jealous. Sean Parker is described as an ingenious, future seeing, lucky young man, who is “just getting started” at 2.1 billion dollars (Bertoni 60) Sean Parker is 31 years old, and has had a hand in Napster, Plaxo, Facebook, and more. He can apparently see future trends before anyone else, he can hear them, but  no one else can, almost like a dog whistle. Sean Parker likes to “focus on things that are the highest value and get those done perfectly.” (Bertoni 64) The article goes into depth describing how Parker showed up to the Forbes photo shoot with many wardrobes of clothing, makeup artists, hair stylists, etc. You name it, he had it. The article goes further to describe how he is going to be getting on his private jet at midnight. The magazine is definitely boasting his wealth, almost in a way to make one jealous, and envy his lifestyle, but at the same time, amazed by his vast amount of money. The writer is always making remarks about the time, like when Parker is doing the things he is doing, and how he gets barely any sleep at all. In addition to being a billionaire, the author talks about how Parker is literally a genius. He was recruited by the CIA but turned them down, and instead worked on a little thing called Napster, that wreaked havoc on the Music industry. Parkers contributions to Facebook are talked about very highly in the article. The author writes about how through his experience he was able to instruct Zuckerberg in the right direction, and keep him in charge. The tone is almost inspirational, the article makes one want to go out and start a company. There is a lot of business talk in the article to reach out to the business man, but shows how, although very rich, Parker has a very stressful life. The article ends with a quote from Parker, “I actually couldn’t honestly tell you whether we’ve been here for two hours or 20 minutes.”(Bertoni 73)

The article describes Sean Parker, and the reporters time being with him, recognizing all of his quirks, attributes, and downfalls. I could not find the “letter from the editor” in the magazine, but I found one online from a past Forbes magazine, maybe it is the same editor. He is basically saying that the magazine is there is help improve our lives.

 “Ultimately, in this issue, as we always attempt to do, we present an array of both the here and now and of the near and very practical future. You’ll meet scientists, business practitioners, risk takers, inventors, and even fruit growers who have something in common: They are all decoding experts. Even more important, they all understand that if there is such a thing as technological destiny, it will surely arrive in the form of feedback loops. All we have to do is listen better.” – Patrick Dillon (the editor)

He is saying that if we read Forbes, it can help give us ideas to become rich, like the people the magazine talks about did.

The advertisements in the actual magazine are aimed at rich people, but some are for the upcoming rich, people with dreams. The more you read Forbes, it becomes less about Old Rich guys, and about new upcoming people who will one day have a ton of money and rule the economy, or maybe the internet.



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  1. nholic permalink

    That’s a great final comment, Ryan, about Old Guys vs. Young Guys.

    And this is important: part of the magazine’s appeal is that it is speaking to the Young Guys, trying to get them to believe that they could become Rich Old Guys if they just pay attention to the material in this magazine (even though only a select few will ever become Rich Old Guys in the way that the magazine asks them to dream about).


  2. aliciajw16 permalink

    Good descriptions, good analysis. Explain Visa “Black Card in 3rd paragraph, what is it/what is the significance?
    Connect fourth and fifth paragraphs and include transitions in beginnings of paragraphs.
    You mention rhetorical situation, but make sure to examine the rhetorical situation by defining exigence and rhetor.

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