It was the suits that did it. Really.
Some chaps who go to Harvard--Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, for example--know how to dress down and still be the kings of the world. Others, sadly, feel the need to advertise their airs and graces with threads and laces even in the middle of the day. Which makes them a**holes.
Of course that isn't my view. I would never use such coarse terminology, especially about the sartorially inclined. This is the view of former Harvard President and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
Himself wearing a very casual (for important people) jacket and pants, Summers spoke at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference. After admitting that the portrayal of his own self as arrogant in "The Social Network" might just have been accurate, he turned to his undying love and respect for two former Harvard students, the Winklevoss twins.
You might remember them as having been played by two bodies and one head in the movie. You might remember them as repeatedly attempting to plead with judges that they deserve far more than the mere $65 million they received after claiming that Facebook was their idea--one that the wily, conniving Zuckerberg had thieved from their perfectly embroidered pockets.
Well, here's Summers on the Winklevii: "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole."
In case you were still wondering whether Summers was suggesting that the Winklevii fall into this latter category, please allow me to quote him again: "This was the latter case. Rarely have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind."
So, you see, the Winklevii really are a**holes, while Summers, perhaps knowing that this would be re-created in a movie some day, was merely pretending.
Remember, kids, if you don't want your college president to think that you're an a**hole, wear a gray t-shirt whenever there is daylight and, um, invent a new social network.
It's been at least a week since we've had a new one.