The most obnoxious paragraph about politics you’ll read today…

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comes via Alexander Burns and Alex Byers of POLIITCO:

“These days – in the age of the super PAC and Citizens United – a campaign donor with a million dollars to spend isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A donor with a billion dollars. By any standard, Sean Parker is a very cool donor indeed. And this year, the 34-year-old co-founder of Napster is poised to bring his considerable fortune into the political world with fresh intensity, retaining advisers to bring new focus and sophistication to his political enterprises and preparing to make a significant investment in the 2014 election cycle.”

That’s a play on the infamous scene in The Social Network where Parker tells Mark Zuckerberg that what’s cool is not a million dollars, but a billion dollars.

In my non-expert opinion, no two sentences did more to burst stall the social media bubble than that scene because it created an unachievable set of false expectations for an entire industry.

As I’ve explained while lecturing on the plateauing of social media, no great chef gets into the restaurant business to create a chain of Outback steakhouses; they do it to create one great restaurant at a time. They do it to become (maybe) millionaires, not billionaires.

Too many people in the social media/tech industry only want to be billionaires/Outback steakhouse owners. There’s no room in this world for great chefs slaving away at a three- or four-star restaurants, enjoying good lives.

There are no craftsman in Parker’s world, only ambitions to go viral.

Not that contemporary politics could get any worse, but let’s hope Parker’s way of thinking doesn’t infect politics the same way it has infected the technology industry.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.