NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Writing for TheStreet makes me feel like I am part of a club. Or a dysfunctional family that somehow manages to function. That's how it was at most of the radio stations I worked at.When you pull together a group of reasonably smart people with strong personalities, opinions and some quirks, you naturally end up with such an assemblage. The best radio stations and digital platforms that specialize in news and opinion have the feel of a barroom. There's plenty of great conversation -- often serious, sometimes even deep. You learn from the bartender or the stranger sitting on the stool next to you. And there are characters. They add value, but they also entertain. That's what we have here at TheStreet, particularly around battleground stocks. A club that hosts a whole slew of diverse personas and points of view, including those of the reader. Consider Facebook ( FB). Tuesday on TheStreet, we had quite a mix of excellent articles on the stock, as you can see in the screenshot below.
It's really hard for people to wrap their heads around it, but what resonates with a lot of people is I'm building something that I'm gonna show my friends and family. I'm really proud of that.I call that "cocky" because Zuckerberg was nicely telling people "you don't get it." And he's right, loads of people do not understand what motivates people who comprise the culture at a perpetual startup. Our society requires an attitude adjustment. Facebook's biggest bears hate change. I think I know why: It represents time passing them by. How many times do you hear people whine about the loss of American manufacturing jobs? They bemoan the supposed lack of pride people have in their work. That sounds great. You'll hear few people disagree with such gripes. As groupthink, it takes on a life of its own. Reconsider. Manufacturing jobs just became something else. A good union gig paying $50,000 a year morphed into the high-tech job in Silicon Valley that supports a recent college graduate's $3,000-a-month rent in San Francisco and habit of eating out every night. You might not see prosperity and vibrancy all across the country, but it exists. It's very regional.