Maybe I’m way off base, but I’m seeing a correlation between the idea that people should leave Twitter since Musk is turning it into a right-wing cesspool and the notion that folks who live on the West Coast should secede and leave red states to their fate. I get the many ways the situations aren’t analogous; for starters, participating on a social media platform is a trivial choice for most of us.
Where I see a similarity is in the idea that the “red-pilled” would leave us in peace if they had their own space. They won’t. That doesn’t mean liberals have an obligation to remain on Musk’s Twitter any more than a liberal born in Bugtussle, Texas has to stay there — if your safety and personal peace of mind draw you elsewhere, by all means, go. But realize that the escape is incomplete and possibly temporary.
That’s in part because the people who have decided that “cancel culture” is the greatest threat to civilization ever — greater than Nazis, even — have too much money, power and influence to be sidelined and ignored. Cancel culture is what this idiotic “Twitter Files” bullshit over the weekend is/was all about, and even if Musk makes Twitter radioactive, right-wing pols, religious cranks and flinchy media figures will keep banging the cancel culture drum because they’ve got a direct stake in the outcome.