Musk just isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. As such he has a lot of the progressive Twitterverse in a gentle panic about what’s to turn into of it, and by extension, what’s to turn into of them.
It’s early days. However the bazillionaire breeding machine (he breeds youngsters – 10 eventually rely – like he breeds scandals) has already given trigger for concern. Within the days after he took over, there was a spike in hate speech. Use of the 2 most terrible N-words – Nazi and the opposite one – went by means of the roof. Then Musk shared a mad conspiracy concept concerning the violent assault on Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
By coincidence of timing, the Musk takeover and the Pelosi story have mixed to point out Twitter at its worst. A cesspit. A dumpster fireplace. A troll manufacturing facility. A conspiracy machine. A treatment for and a reason for no matter it’s that ails you, generally on the similar time. And now it’s the plaything of the world’s richest man.
So ought to we keep or ought to we go?
The reply might sound apparent, however anybody who is aware of Twitter is aware of the perils of creating public declarations of quitting it in excessive dudgeon. It’s been a working joke for years that some individuals kill off their Twitter profiles as typically as Twitter customers preferred to kill off Fidel Castro: each different week, however they’d all the time pop up alive once more. Castro ultimately obliged by really dying for good, however will Twitter quitters do the identical?
Time will inform. In keeping with Twitter analysis leaked to Reuters earlier than the Musk takeover, the platform has been haemorrhaging customers. “The place did all of the Tweeters go?” the interior doc puzzled.
Musk himself mused again in Could: “Is Twitter dying?”
Whether it is, it’s onerous to keep away from the conclusion that Musk himself goes to hasten its demise. The information this week that he’s going to cost verified Twitter customers $20 a month to maintain their once-cherished “blue tick” – mainly, an indication that Twitter has confirmed you’re the crucial individual you say you’re – was a flashing pink gentle on the place the platform could be headed.
If authenticity is actually up on the market, certainly it’s value subsequent to nothing.
However then again – and with Twitter, there may be all the time one other hand – the place are we going to go if we go away? Beats me. There are not any apparent alternate options: TikTok is all video, Instagram is just too busy copying TikTok to attract the Twitter crowd, and the jury is out on the start-ups (which embrace the model new Bluesky Social, being examined by Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey).
So for now I’m taking the time-honoured route of solely interested by quitting Twitter a dozen occasions a day after which by no means going by means of with it.
I like to consider it as taking a stand on precept, within the Groucho Marx sense. In case you don’t like this precept, observe me on Twitter, as a result of I do have others.