How do I feel about Elon Musk and Twitter? Well, my connection to Twitter is tenuous and my connection to Facebook is non-existent. I don’t use Tumbler or Snapchat. If there are other outlets, I don’t use them. Why not? When Facebook first showed up, I used it a bit. But it wasn’t long before it got really ugly.
I gave up. I tried to close my account but somehow it keeps coming back up. Apparently they will reopen it if anyone clicks on it, never mind what I want. I would think my explicit instructions to close it would be enough to close the account. But hey, I never use it. If anyone is trying to find me on Facebook, you won’t find me.
So, now, the “biggish” question:
Whether or not you have a Twitter account, how do you feel about Musk’s takeover of Twitter and the changes he’s made so far. Do you care one way or the other? If you currently are on Twitter, do you plan to continue actively using it?
The only thing for which I use Twitter is to publicize my blog. If I can’t use it, I’ll be fine anyway.
How do I feel about Elon Musk? I think he’s a rich jerk whose takeover of Twitter is unfortunate. Musk has no idea how to run a communications outlet. He just dumped $44 billion into the purchase, so clearly he thinks he knows what he is doing. I don’t think he has any idea what he’s doing and will have to start hiring people to make Twitter function. Quite possibly he’ll have to rehire the same people he fired. It’s hard to find qualified people.
Moreover, with the lack of that red wave that was supposed to swamp us in this election, he’s going to have a hard time using Trump as his ticket to success. I think that Trump’s “agenda” — if you could call it an agenda — has gone into a slump. I am not sure if it has crashed and burned (yet), but none of Trump’s official candidates took the big prizes.
I think America — right, left and middle — are weary of of an endless failure of our government to govern. Ultimately, stopping the government from functioning isn’t going work. People want whoever is in power to FIX THINGS and they are expecting to see progress. If they don’t see it, in a couple of years, the will be a serious blue wave. Everyone wants to see inflation brought under control. They don’t want to see us going politically backward. They want to see our “leaders” actually leading, not squabbling like bad-tempered two-year-olds in a sandbox.
We need to grow as humans and as a nation. If we don’t grow, we will unquestionably shrink. Change is inevitable. If we refuse to move forward, we will move backward until we disappear as a force in what remains of our world.
Our ability to affect change will shrink. There is no such thing as “standing still.” Not for people, nations, politics, and certainly not for this planet. We fix it and survive or we don’t and not only do we fail as a nation, but as a species.
I hope that there are some sane pols on both sides and maybe a few in the middle who recognize there is no going back. Moreover, no one wants to go backward. If nothing else comes out of this election, I think it showed that most Americans are unhappy with retrograde Supreme Court decisions, especially Roe Vs. Wade.
Red, blue, and purple — no one likes it. Bad enough we have an ineffective government. We don’t need to invite them into our doctor’s office too.