by highlighting the artificiality and absurdity of the entire stock market, he performed a very valuable service. what, credibility a commodity? what, critical thinking can save you money? what was that - people can lose money gambling? no way... who woulda thought. heh.
and now for my impression of the SEC twonks: "what this kid was doing isn't right, because, uhh, he's a kid, and not wearing a suit, and only grown-ups with suits should have that kind of influence! nobody should trust people who aren't officially santioned, let alone non-sanctioned people without suits! people should trust us! thats what we have suits for; so you know who to trust...! how dare that kid state his opinions in a public forum and have people agree with him! hell, next thing you know, people will be walking around stating their opinions right and left, and other people will be believing them, and then some of the poor, misguided, wayward lambs will start saying they don't need us! us, mind you! the experts! heresy! what would the rabble do without us, their financial priest-class, mediating their interactions with their god? what would they do without our advice? if it wasn't for us, uhh, errr, the world would be a horrible place! yes! hell in a handbasket! barefoot commies would be smoking joints on their front porches, and stuff! it would be chaos, i tell you! anarchy!"
etc... heh. cliche o' the month: "deeply entrenched authority figures find their positions of power undermined. news at 11." isn't it a beautiful time to be alive? =)
sayke, v2.3.1 /* i am the middle finger of the invisible hand */