Musk and Twitter: Why, Amid Pink Slips, the Sudden Virtue Parade?Musk may or may not be the answer but he is sure not the problem
If Elon Musk has not invested his fortune in electric cars, he would be wise to consider soap operas… On the other hand, maybe he can continue to do the soap operas for free?
Consider: After he bought Twitter, who can beat these headlines from the — suddenly — dreadfully earnest tech media? “After Twitter Staff Cuts, Survivors Face ‘Radio Silence’ ” Or “Elon’s paranoid purge.” Or a sudden love for China-owned Tik Tok.
And get this: One tech writer primly informs: “[TikTok CEO Shou Zi] Chew’s comments, perhaps unintentionally, cut to one of the biggest question marks still looming over Musk’s embryonic tenure as Twitter’s owner: just how committed is he to keeping Twitter safe?”
Twitter? Safe? Is TikTok safe? Not a chance.
There’s also outrage from the US government: “FTC says it’s ‘tracking the developments at Twitter with deep concern.’ (The Hill November 10, 2022)
Well, that should be our first clue that something is way out of whack. How many people struggling to get by amid rising prices really care about rages and meltdowns on Twitter? Has the US Federal Trade Commission really nothing better to do?
When I was young, people used to say: When a dog is drowning, everyone offers him water.
What we don’t know (because it is too soon to tell) is whether Twitter’s financials will improve after the departures of vast numbers of the Woke. But this we know for sure: Woke Twitterati are exactly the people who could create a worldwide hullaballoo around the misfortune of having to look for a new job.
Look, anyone who works in any kind of communications industry — media, public relations, advertising — should know that jobs in all these industries depend on market fortunes. It’s not like a job in the civil service where you have the job until you retire or die. And then the public is on the hook for the rest of your life.
Twitter was just not making money. Unlike the government, Twitter is a private enterprise. It can’t just tax people, especially the majority who never signed up for it or cared…
Musk may or may not be the answer but he is sure not the problem.