Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a series of tweets that he's giving serious thought to creating a social media platform because Twitter is “failing to adhere to free speech principle” https://t.co/BwGLVn4Smd
— Bloomberg (@business) March 27, 2022
There’s an old Yiddish proverb: When you are rich, you are handsome, smart, witty — and you sing good, too!
For all his money (and celebrity), Musk has been able to buy acclaim, but not respect. This shortfall is endlessly irksome to him. Also, there’s plenty earned (free) media in proclaiming his irk:
… “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy,” Musk tweeted at the weekend.
He said in an earlier tweet on March 25 that “free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” and he questioned if Twitter “rigorously adheres to this principle.”…
Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a judge that Musk’s tweets about Tesla will remain a valid subject for government investigation even if a court throws out his 2018 agreement with the SEC.
Musk is seeking to end oversight by the SEC of his Twitter posts, claiming the agreement is being used to “trample” his rights to free speech. He is also asking the court to block a subpoena by the securities regulator for documents relating to the review of his tweets.
Under the SEC settlement agreement, the regulator will distribute funds from the company and Musk to investors who lost money buying Tesla shares after Musk claimed on Twitter he was thinking about taking the company public.
The idea of Musk starting his own social-media platform — or, better yet, buying Twitter, and kicking out Tha Libs! — is extremely exciting to all the wrong people. Musk could certainly afford to have a platform hand-crafted to his exacting specifications, but as enticing as a 24/7 source of free egoboo might be, the chances of getting Twitter-level global reach on a Twitter-quality platform are not exactly the best…
every brain fart this narcissist has becomes a month long news cycle. Not because what he's saying is interesting or new, but because the ad-based press makes money from the controversy and fanboy clicks
it's dumb and completely hollowhttps://t.co/0z7BPQuWz8
— Karl Bode (@KarlBode) March 26, 2022
(the real answer is that the SEC enforcement issue around his twitter account is coming to a head and he's gaming SEO results)
— ESG Hound (@ESGhound) March 26, 2022
You just fired an employee because you didn't like the video he posted on YouTube. https://t.co/NdAnnvaOcV
— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) March 25, 2022
Republicans tried Gab
Then Truth Social
All of which imploded.
Now they've given up, and want @ElonMusk to buy Twitter and make it theirs.
It's so chronically pathetic.
— Dennis⚡️ (@DennisAbsinthe) March 26, 2022
Long self-drive off a short pier.
Tell me you don’t understand what free speech really means without actually telling me that you don’t know what free speech really means.
Also too, mentioning that one of his ventures is literally founded on tunnel vision. Extrapolating to the whole is not a great leap.
It’s a fact Teslas are available in Finland (and blow up real good). Dunno about in Russia but if there are any there they could be rendered inert practically immediately.
Hopefully he goes mano a mano with Putin and disappears.
Appears to be becoming a common complaint.
Gaslighting democracy …
Free speech means I get to say whatever I want with no consequences. This is the rich white guy definition.
With all due apologies to Bill Engvall, apparently you can’t fix asshole; here’s your sign Elon.
Jeezus Elon Musk has a lot of kids. I hope he keeps his money to himself, because I doubt he is good at parenting.
I love my SIL but she admires Musk because he sends up rockets. Can’t understand the thought process
ETA: I remember how much kay thinks his production sucks after talking to her kid who does contract electrical work for them.
OT Ten year old kid killed in my city by an unsecured firearm that his friends found in the house they were visiting.
Everyone innocent, just stupid kids. With access to guns.
Judging by his name, he was from a Nepali immigranr family. To go through all they went through to get here to be safe and then lose a kid to stupid kid firearms.
Mike Masnick in his Twitter thread also links to a Techdirt article in which Musk fired a *customer* (Stewart Alsop, a longtime tech journalist) for criticizing a new model Tesla event that ran ridiculously late. That and personally ordering the disabling of the autopilot beta on his former employee’s Tesla are two massive reasons never to buy one of those cars. The Maker movement of the 1990s rallied against No User-Serviceable Parts Inside, but Musk’s pettiness even unto his customers brings that to a whole new level.
The number of people who would be banned for criticizing Musk on his new social media platform would be epic.
The Thin Black Duke
What a boring sociopath Elon Musk is.
@The Thin Black Duke: “What a boring sociopath Elon Musk is.”
Just getting caught up on the day’s posts, and that Applebee’s post is just too “good” to be true. Nobody mentioned it in comments, but in the linked CBS story, we see what passes for what Pankratz sees as the pulse of his employees:
The “empathy” just oozes, don’t it? God, I hate unregulated capitalism.
ETA edited for brevity.
@The Thin Black Duke: that reminds me of Malcolm Tucker’s (Peter Capaldi) opinion of the neocon (David Rasche) who’s starting a war in not-Iraq in “In The Loop”.
@The Thin Black Duke: They’re all boring.
Well, I’ve never been in an Applebee’s, and I haven’t been in an IHop since about 1985, so I think I’m okay.
I’ve managed to live my life so far without setting foot in an Applebees. Apparently I’ve been boycotting the place all these years!
Imagine going into a restaurant and pay[ing] them money for the stuff that you can buy in the frozen food aisle of your supermarket and put in the microwave yourself.
It’s not that good.
Not even close.
So I had to google ‘egoboo’, and as I suspected, first definition:
is a colloquial expression for the pleasure received from public recognition of voluntary work.
But right below that:
Egoboo is a 3D open source dungeon crawling action role-playing game
Which to chose in relation to Elon Musk? I vote for door #2.
Enhanced Voting Techniques
Musk has been leading the Masters of the Universe around by the nose on Tesla stock with Musk’s crazy tweets and the Masters of the Universe are pissed that how dare someone else cheat like they do (rather cheat in a way they can’t cheat since were talking smug, loathsome math nerds here) So asshole on asshole voilance.
Grimes is on the cover of Vanity Fair.
I vaguely recall the applebee’s in Tupelo Mississippi as being good back in the early nineties. I mean, the steaks were lousy, but they had probably the 2nd best Buffalo wings in town. Later, when I moved to Oxford, the the applebee’s was one of the worst restaurants I’d ever been to with completely inedible food. To the point that the huddle house right next door was considered a vastly superior dining experience.
Somewhere in an underground bunker, Mark Zuckerberg’s beady little eyes squint in agony, and he vows to take back what is rightfully his.
Jealous, are we?
12 y.o. girl found handgun at a family party at 2:00 am here this week. Killed her 14 y.o. cousin accidentally, then turned the gun on herself.
So much wrongness.