Fun’s Over at Twitter

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Elon Musk has finalized his purchase of Twitter, and the heads are already rolling. He’s fired Twitter’s top lawyer (the guy who buried the Hunter Biden story), the CEO, and the CFO ( Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

No more banning of conservatives, no more burying nooze that makes Democrats look bad, no more silencing of everyone who isn’t a Far Left wack-job–oh, the party’s over, boys ‘n’ girls! Your bubble’s burst.

Will Musk start a general restoration of free speech throughout the social media?

Let us pray and work for it.

7 comments on “Fun’s Over at Twitter

  1. People need their livelihoods, but it’s hard to feel sorry for people whom earn their living by stifling opinions with which they disagree. I earn my living providing a technical service that directly benefits people. This service extends to many places, and I am certain that my work benefits people who have views much different from my own, and I am just fine with that. I can’t open an Engineering Referral and refuse to do the work because the beneficiaries might not share my values. And I don’t care.

    My work involves an essential service, and I do not want anyone deprived of essential services because of their political opinions or personal values. Conversely, I wouldn’t want to be deprived of essential services because of my values.

    With that as pretext,Twitter came to function as a service that was available only to persons whom agreed with the dominant views of the company. I would argue that employees that carried this policy forward were not operating for the greater good of mankind.

    I will quote Musk: “There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.” I think that this is a very important point. Dialogue is vital. If someone, anyone, concludes that their views are uniquely correct, they are on a path to disaster, because that person will no longer entertain reality checks on their viewpoints, and there is no safeguard against becoming an extremist.

    If you look at cults, one common thread is the belief that they are in possession of a uniquely correct viewpoint. When someone adopts this position, they will naturally begin to reject any information that contradicts their beliefs. It becomes a spiral of confirmation bias and persons with other viewpoints soon become seen as enemies. Eventually, the mental barricades block out all but the strictest and most narrow viewpoints which support the belief system. (At this point, it would be good to point out that the Bible tells us to work good towards all and does not encourage us to adopt behaviors which are unfair to others, regardless of their beliefs.)

    If there is one thing that would be worse than what already happened at Twitter, it would be the scenario Musk posited, where social media would become “ far right wing and far left wing echo chambers”. Opposing viewpoints serve a positive purpose. They help us to fact check ourselves, and to make sure that we are acting in accordance with the principles we believe in, and are not just reduced to knee jerk reactions.

    I don’t know how well Musk’s revision of Twitter will go, but I hope for the best.

    1. Indeed.

      I will think of my own livelihood.If I found some way to only serve the interests of people with whom I was in ideological agreement, my career prospects would dim, and dim quickly. That is not being true to my duties and responsibilities. I would have no one to blame, except myself, when things went badly for me.

      Watching all that is happening, I can only say that we live in interesting times.

  2. With Elon owning Twitter, Trump owning Truth Social, and Kanye West (no matter what you think of him) owning Parlor, we have a new bulwark emerging against Big Tech. Plus, there’s Gab and Rumble.

    With all their censorship of Conservatives, they have forced us to build parallel platforms. I think in the end it will be a blessing in disguise.

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