Laurie Schechter I think there were two telling aspects of this first-hand tale: 1) While anecdotal and one person's experience there was a notable change in his See moretakeaways from previous gigs. Understandably, one could posit this is because the format changed, one-on-one versus presentation to an audience. However, this may have encouraged some upfront and personal (honest?) interactions worth paying attention to as a kind of microcosm or a slice, not necessarily a generalization. And 2) there was a trend towards not just paranoia but apocalyptic outlooks, not democratic but on the par of class warfare. While the rich are people too, as fearful as the next guy, the scary part is what the combination of the ever-increasing income disparity and the power of technology that lies in the very few (and rich) hands that portends one possible worst-case scenario that is frightening. If there is power in a thought, then it seems worthwhile to pay attention to what thoughts those in power have. To me, that is what the rich represents, those in power, and why I found this specific story noteworthy. All it takes is for one finger on the button to change the world.