Elon Musk threatens the left’s stranglehold on American culture
Elon Musk officially purchased Twitter Inc. last Thursday. He deprived the company and fired C-suite executives who spoke out in favor of the thought police and truths they disapprove of.
According to journalists, TV presenters, celebrities and Democratic politicians, it’s a dark day in American history. They warn that Musk is a serious threat to democracy.
Washington Post “reporter” Taylor Lorenz, a troubled woman who harasses story subjects by trade, tweeted that Musk’s acquisition “opened the gates to hell.” The Verge described the moment as simply “hell”. The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ co-creator said Musk made her “cringe” so she deleted her account immediately. An NBC News supporter named Ben Collins said the sale was the “the start of something really, really bad.”
It’s more effective if you repeat each of these quotes in an ominous tone. We often do it for fun.
And perhaps the most unhinged example of the hysteria comes from alleged lawyer and frequent MSNBC hack, Dean Obeidallah. On Monday, he tweeted that he would be filing a FOIA request for Musk’s immigration application and hopes to strip Musk of his US citizenship as a reward for acquiring Twitter.
The cataclysmic five-day session reaffirms how vital the Twitter monopoly was to wealthy liberal elites. For them, Twitter was more than just a tool. It was a utopia.
Twitter allowed 2016 election deniers to spread conspiracies about Donald Trump and Russia. Twitter has since attempted to discredit inconvenient truths about Covid and other nonconforming thoughts as “conspiracy theories”.
The left has used Twitter to the maximum. Twitter was the home of cancel culture and wacky trends like declaring your gender pronouns to strangers.
In March, Twitter bullies banned conservative comedy site The Babylon Bee for parodying Rachel Levine, a transgender admiral. Ironically, handling the alleged bee thought crime rushed Musk purchase of the platform.
Twitter interfered in the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. Sixteen percent of Biden voters say they would have voted differently had Big Tech not removed the credible story from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
A lawsuit filed by freelance journalist Alex Berenson found that Biden administration officials were in constant contact with Twitter employees and demanded a ban on criticism of the government’s handling of the pandemic. Twitter quickly agreed. Which describes not a private industry but an agent of the government.
Influential progressives have used Twitter to their advantage in all facets of society. Musk’s refusal to succumb to criticism threatens to undo this imbalance.
Musk does not intend to rig the service for the opposition in the form of, say, fairness. Twitter users are always a majority on the left. But Chief Twit, as Musk hilariously stated, is expected to tip Twitter to a level playing field.
Such a shift is a worrying thought for leftist culture warriors.
Omnicore Agency to research found that only 23% of American adults are “active” on Twitter. That said, Twitter only reaches a small portion of the population. It is also misleading. The greatest trick the Twitter lords have ever played was convincing executives from Washington to Hollywood to New York newsrooms to Ivy Universities that its users’ response was indicative of the country as a whole.
Twitter has become a target audience of every major institution. Institutional leaders continue to base their decisions on the platform’s response. So, while Twitter may directly reach around 20% of the population, it influences consumers of politics, entertainment, media, sports and academia, which is pretty much everyone.
Twitter is the de facto publisher of corporate news. The Casting Police for Hollywood. A key demographic group for policy-making. Twitter helped escalate outrage campaigns and reward victimization handsomely. The cancel culture could not have existed without stacks and ratios.
Censorship allowed Twitter to tilt the conversation in its preferred direction. The platform has strangled dissenting opinions on topics including the origin of Covid, the vaccine, racism and the integrity of elections. And thus normalized the other side of the spectrum as arbitrators of One True Opinion.
But just as influential as censorship was an omnipotent algorithm that existed to control the visibility of various tweets and accounts. In May, Musk accused the algorithm of “manipulating users” by amplifying and burying specific posts, a longstanding accusation from critics.
Visibility is the basis of Twitter. Visibility increases retweets, likes and mentions. Engagement is persuasive and addictive. musk often share a meme who looks down on Twitter users as NPCs (non-player characters) who succumb to conformity no matter the latest trend.
The thought of positive engagement can lead users in any direction, to any opinion. Impressionable users just want to fit in, so they’ll support the necessary cause, from #MaskUp to #Vaxxed/Boosted to #IStandWithUkraine. Twitter’s algorithm previously dictated which causes were needed.
Musk promises to open up the algorithm and allow users, not the anonymous corporate mules controlling the algorithm, to decide which trends populate.
Previous Twitter management would not say what mission its algorithm served. Yet a leaked video from Project Veritas in May unearthed a clip of Alex Martinez, a former senior Twitter client partner, revealing that the company was prioritizing false reality and leftist ideology over to truth and profit:
Martinez did not describe a business, certainly not a discussion platform, but a strange fascination with an Orwellian community.
The idea of Musk turning the platform into an all-encompassing town hall frightens influential elites. It would destroy everything they worked for by creating a safe space for misleading messages.
So, you see, the woke collapse in protest of Elon Musk’s takeover isn’t about what he might do as a Twit leader. On the contrary, the hysteria emanates entirely from what he will not do.
Musk won’t ban a party from satirizing goofy characters like Rachel Levine. He will not allow an administration to force him to punish skeptics of his government.
Twitter faked the public conversation. Musk hopes to create a haven for users of various ideologies. How dare he?
Musk’s critics fear the idea of more speech, information, debate and humor. They fear a more faithful representation of society.
Elon Musk is not a threat to democracy. Its acquisition of Twitter is a threat to the progressive stranglehold on American culture.