Just when we thought that Twitter could not get any crazier, last week showed that just isn’t possible. Elon Musk’s offer to buy the social media platform was accepted by the governing board. If you read the copious amounts of commentary, you would think that the end of the world was imminent.
Even if Musk’s plan falls through, the reaction by progressive elites is quite instructive. Mike Solana’s piece included a good round up of the unhinged responses and summarized the situation well: “The power class claims Musk is a supervillain. The truth is simpler: he wants free speech. They don’t.”
After accepting the bid, Twitter locked down any code changes and many conservative accounts said they saw a huge rise in followers. Curious. It occurred to MSNBC host Ari Melber that whoever controls Twitter could “just secretly turn down the reach of [some] stuff and turn up the reach of something else” including political campaigns. He must have forgotten Time’s 2021 article about the “shadow campaign”, enabled by Big Tech that helped “save the 2020 election”.
While many see Musk as a superhero, he may not be able to “save” Twitter or make it any better. It is populated by tweets from fallen humans, after all. Actor Kirk Cameron encouraged people to call out untruths and to not be bullied into self-censoring. Noting in a thoughtful Facebook post, Cameron said “the Savior position is has already been permanently filled by the only qualified candidate”. True dat.