Elon Musk becomes largest shareholder of Twitter, refuses to join board. Twitter shareholders sue Musk. Advantage: Musk.
“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” mused one of Twitter’s founders long, long ago, obviously living in a galaxy far, far away: “I was wrong about that.”
“I think the internet is broken,” is what he says today, back here on planet earth. “And it’s a lot more obvious to a lot of people that it’s broken.”
In fact, what has been revealed in the dark underbelly of social media, is but the dark underbelly of humanity itself, though that is hardly a comfort. Twitter, and social media in general, have become toxic virtual spaces where advertising barely chokes out a steam of vituperations and negativity.
It’s death by algorithm. In our dystopian modern media landscape, the very worst of what corporate media offers constantly floats to the surface. The more heinous, shocking, narrative-driving, hyperbolic, and/or rage-inducing the headline, the more ad-clicks.
As a wise man once observed about our time and probably others: More money, more problems.
Given what social media has become- or considering some of the earlier crimes of Myspace and Craigslist, what it probably always was- that sentiment could be revised to suit: More connectivity, more problems.
We human beings are a diverse and divergent bunch. Moral absolutes war with subjective morality. One culture’s sacrilege is another’s sacredly held belief. What one person finds uplifting and inspiring, someone 10,000 miles away- or perhaps next door- might find shocking, appalling and immoral.
All families have values, all people have values: But there are as many variations on moral values systems as there are stars in the heavens.
Social media has revealed many things; the diversity of the human family, the relative performance of various political and social systems of organization- see, The Black Book of Communism.
Social media has also revealed and amplified some of the terrible angels of our nature. Violence, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and…