Today is Facebook IPO day, which means a select group rich people will become richer beyond our ability to understand wealth. Outside the NASDAQ money castle, the peasantry has lined up, cameras in hand. Look, son—billionaires!
Inside, while Mark Zuckerberg grinned wider than the first time his face felt the touch of synthetic fleece, and cool NASDAQ songs like U2's Beautiful Day roared, a crowd of poor Facebook users collected outside on the dirty and dusty square. Some covered their mouths in amazement, some kissed loved ones—they'd remember this moment, when people who weren't them amassed a fantastic amount of cash in an instant through a financial process that they were completely barred from.
For if there's one single thing vulgar Americans like more than Facebook itself, it's watching people who aren't them become rich.