I didn’t go to university gettotube It made no sense that, of the two, San Francisco had turned into the power city. But, then, much about the country’s new aspirational physics left me confused. I didn’t understand, for instance, why suddenly every business wanted to be a “startup.” I didn’t understand how people like Hwin appeared to float above the exigencies of career. Some people maintained that Washington was now in the Valley’s pocket; others said that the Valley didn’t care enough about Washington. Universities were trying to go viral. Hollywood was leaning on Netflix, and on the Ellison kids. Venture capitalism was the new capitalism (though the returns were lousy). Twitter and LinkedIn had changed people’s lives (but it was just a bubble). Everyone had a sense that Northern California was the source of these changes, yet few knew why. If I hoped to understand the first thing about American culture in this decade, I realized, I’d need to figure out exactly what was going on in San Francisco.