Welcome back to KK&F. Last week we dug into the latest updates on the FTX scandal, as the biggest crypto exchange was besieged with fraud allegations. This week, we’re doing a deep dive on a social media superpower at the precipice of collapse, and the agenda of the man at the wheel. Journalist and commentator Matt Binder is joining us to make sense of the story of Twitter’s place in (online) public life, how Elon Musk changed its course, and whether everybody’s predictions of “the end of Twitter” have any truth to them.
Maybe, earlier this week, you took a Twitter vote on whether Elon Musk should keep his post as Twitter CEO. Elon himself set up the poll and promised to abide by the result, but after the vote didn’t go the way he hoped, he’s switching up the way that “policy-related polls” will be held: only Twitter Blue subscribers can weigh in.
If you’re willing to drop $8 a month to weigh in on Musk’s latest schemes, you’ll make your voice heard in this little pay-to-play “democracy.” But we’ve also seen the reports that Musk’s reign as Twitter CEO has caused massive instability for the platform, with significant implications for the way information and public opinions are shared. This interesting MIT Technology article points out that, though we might think of Twitter as a frequently goofy, petty marketplace of less-than-ideas, the site holds a precious chronicle of the last decade-plus of history. What is Elon going to do with it? Who, if anyone, will help him decide? That’s our focus on this week’s episode of KK&F, and we hope you’ll join us.
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Musk has an odor to him.
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