The Great Elite Panic of 2022, or, unpacking blue checkmark meltdowns
They're just mad because all of the people whose opinions they don't all agree with will be back and readable again.
They had hegemony, at the hands of a billionaire and now they're losing that toxic playground where they can sneer at undesirables while they themselves do nothing to make the world better. The slacktivist elite piss biters are mad bro.
I applaud the move for the reasons outlined in the last part of the article, but most of all because he believes in medical freedom, not medical apartheid. I have seen too many people censored by all the social media, including the so-called "ethical" ones the woman tweeted about (what a joke!), for espousing views related to Covid that go against the mainstream narrative. This whole thing about "misinformation" really gets me. Who gets to decide what misinformation is? When that's in the hands of a self-righteous and censuring ruling class, and all other views are shut down, as has been the case for the past two years, it's a terrifying and toxic scenario. Good for Elon Musk for shaking this up! I saw that two major Canadian banks helped finance his move and am not sure what to make of that. Any thoughts?
Fascism is the abuse of somebody's rights for the benefit of somebody else. People on the right have had their rights to free speech in the internet sacrificed for the empowerment of people on the left. The left likes to call people on the right "fascists" when in fact they are the ones trying subvert the rights of others, because equality is inconvenient.
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I'm certainly hopeful that this will go well for many of the people who've been destroyed thanks to Twitter. I made a conscious effort to avoid Twitter because of how politically problematic it is for those who aren't as on board with the way things have been going. Perhaps I'll use it more now.
Regardless of the histrionics/adult tantrums, I trust him more than the current team at Twitter to deliver an even field of discussion.
I have my concerns about Elon Musk and his cozy relationship with the Chinese government, but I trust him more than the Usual Woke Suspects of Silicon Valley (not that that's saying much).
My oh my! Won't it be interesting when Twitter changes course from hurtful and destructive notions (like Defriending)--particularly of school girls. When having a robust discussion about the appropriateness of gender transitioning for pre-teens is posible.
Musk will cause the necessary course correction. The current Twits have failed miserably to evolve Twitter into a positive social friend.
It's about time someone brought free speech back and it's time someone stood up to the WOKE generation.
If you have not noticed, the political game is negative branding through the media. It is a game that patriots don't tend to play too well... both because they are not as nasty... and are generally less interested in the political game and more interested in backyard family BBQs. However, it is a game that needs to be played.
So, now that Twitter is going back to free speech, let's start the negative branding engine. Anybody that posts absurd hyperbole - for example, that Musk buying Twitter is opening the door for Nazism - we can brand as non-serious, intellectually bankrupt, communist groomers.
Whoa, Michelle Goldberg actually said that?
But seriously, Twitter had become a place where woke identitarians could show off their hashtags and little flags to gain distinction in a digital economy where the real world of distinction is fast fading away. As Pierre Bourdieu hinted, this used to be done with physical objects like clothes and household furnishings. Now it's done with tweets and bylines and avatars.
Twitter was fairly pristine of late - in America, you couldn't question Biden's election, Fauci's weird moral shuffle on Covid policy, or anyone in "protected classes" if they did something bad, like faking hate crimes or murdering people in riots. Now it promises to become more of a Wild West, which will hurt peoples' feelings, but promises to be far more entertaining. Twitter was never about rational debate, given its original 140-character limits and focus on outrage. It was about quick information bytes, posing, preening, and moral grandstanding. The least one can ask of it is to be funny, even unintentionally, as when the CNN flack worried that Elon would use it to promote on party's candidates over another with a new algorithm. Oh no, that's never happened before, has it? (<=intentional sarcasm).
Railing against the "woke" crowd is fine, but there are legitimate concerns about the misuse of Twitter in the name of free speech. Twitter has been misused by traffickers, tyrants, election meddling troll farms, and criminals of many other stripes. Some form of content moderation on Twitter will always be necessary. It is chilling to know that complex decisions about content moderation will be at the whim of an impulsive, reckless, and unaccountable individual, regardless of whether that person is penniless or the richest person in the world. Twitter will never be a nirvana of free speech. The idea that Musk will make it so is a fallacy.
I left twitter yesterday. I do not want to be associated in any way with any enterprise he is connected to.
I feel his challenge to Putin was despicable, there are CHILDREN dying, and he makes a stupid joke that he can give the country to Putin if he loses mano a mano. It isn't fecking his!
He made fun of Bill Gates appearance this week like a 12 yo would.
He is a child who doesn't GAF about anyone else and he has billions at his disposal for any whim he likes.
MAGA love him, and he did nothing to support the black workers getting abused at his plants, that in itself would make me turn my back to him.
But he can and probably will be so much worse.
Wait for it...
1999 - "It's a bad idea to have billionaires control the media of mass communication. They will quash intellectual diversity and freedom of speech."
2022 - "Thank the gender-neutral Creator that Elon has bought Twitter. Finally, we're rid of woke censorship and authoritarianism."
I'll see Jeff Jarvis and raise him - when I couldn't find any chicken fillets at the grocery store yesterday, it felt like the last night of Weimar Germany. I think I saw a pale reflection of Joseph Goebbels at the back of the freezer. Also, I stubbed my toe recently, and it felt like the invasion of Europe by Attila the Hun. This is by no means hyperbole.