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Those people who consider themselves as the prince-electors are aiming to destroy the Elon Musk-owned Twitter unless they are able to bring Musk to heel. Many advertisers have been pressured into stopping or suspending their advertising on the platform, and Apple is apparently thinking of banning Twitter from the App Store.
As Musk said yesterday: “This is a battle for the future of civilization. If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead.”
This would be a good time to join Twitter, if you are not already a member. You don’t need to post extensively, but it is helpful to the platform to have more active users. And you don’t have to participate in the toxic discussions, of which there are plenty…there are also quite a few intelligent and thoughtful people who do most of their daily posting at Twitter, even when they have their own websites or blogs, and some of them have pretty decent commentariats as well.
Also, there is a lot more at Twitter than politics. For example, yesterday the venture capitalist Paul Graham…quite likely the only VC who has attended art school…posted this image.
…I was not familiar with this remarkable 1730s painting by Giovanni Canaletto, but as PaulG says, hyperrealistic paintings like this give us our best glimpse of what the world looked like before photography was invented. Above and beyond current events, Twitter can be useful as a discovery platform.
Twitter is, of course, at present advertiser-supported…I rarely click on any ads on blogs or social media sites, but did even run across one Twitter ad for a product that looked very interesting. If you own or run a business you might consider trying some Twitter advertising to find out how effective it is.
We don’t have to believe that Musk is any kind of saint in order to see the importance of having him succeed with Twitter. If he fails, it will be a major victory for the speech-controllers.Published in