Christina Freeland

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“What is more relevant to our times, though, is that the rich of today are also different from the rich of yesterday. Our light-speed, globally connected economy has led to the rise of a new super-elite that consists, to a notable degree, of first- and second-generation wealth. Its members are hardworking, highly educated, jet-setting meritocrats who feel they are the deserving winners of a tough, worldwide economic competition—and many of them, as a result, have an ambivalent attitude toward those of us who didn’t succeed so spectacularly. Perhaps most noteworthy, they are becoming a transglobal community of peers who have more in common with one another than with their countrymen back home. Whether they maintain primary residences in New York or Hong Kong, Moscow or Mumbai, today’s super-rich are increasingly a nation unto themselves.” -Christina Freeland

Business journalist Christina Freeland examines a most fascinating subject within the current Atlantic Monthly in her article entitled “The Rise of the New Global Elite”: the moguls of today and the individuals of tomorrow’s written history. All of these people are men and women that you and I probably have never heard of. Today, as we reside in the banks of the economic crash’s denouement, the bliss of life is rising from the dust of a depression; a stark mirror image of the Hemingway-esque beauty of youth pre-1929 is remembered fondly, however, we can’t help but wonder how we and our fellow American citizens will survive in the current era of technology and cyberspace communities of the Internet, as many can neither afford nor understand HTML coding. This elitist class, that any and everyone reads of and subconsciously wonders, “who? what? why? where? and HOW DO I JOIN THEM?” has tapped in to the cybersphere of the Internet’s plane of omnipresence and is effectively greeting, meeting, and colaborating with other cybergeniuses 6,000 miles away from them. The brilliance of these individuals doesn’t reside in finding the cure to AIDS, poverty, or political strife, but in the appropriation of self-marketing themselves in a way that is useful and conscious of looking to the future. So we ask ourselves one last question: “am I an idiot? . . . ’cause blogging doesn’t seem to be that trivial after all.” Freeland acknowledges this rapid rise in digital communities stating, “. . .thanks to globalization and technological innovation, people, money, and ideas travel more freely today than ever before.” And really, she’s right.

I believe it was Gertrude Stein who said that no man or woman is ahead of their time, they’re merely of their time. If you think about this statement, and the modernist that Stein was, are WE simply behind the time and failing to keep up with our wave in the technological race? In just starting Twitter and eReader accounts, are we fifty years behind those creating buildings in Dubai?

If you have time, read the article below! More than intriguing.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/01/the-rise-of-the-new-global-elite/8343/

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