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Twitter is doing remarkably well against a social media platform that is said to be dead or dying.
CEO Elon Musk may be the most active part of it all: owning Twitter doesn’t detract in the slightest from his online personality. Over the weekend, he bashed The New York Times that he was “basically tired of the far-left brainwashing at this point.” (“AF” is the online abbreviation for as f—.) Musk also used the laughing emoji, citing so-called “security concerns” that he said CBS had temporarily removed his Twitter account from. I laughed at the hiatus.
And then he again tussled with New York Democrats and “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC tweeted, “Shout out to all employees at Twitter” for building “an essential place to connect.”
Musk sarcastically replied, “You’re welcome.”
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It was just the beginning. He also helped several high profile and banned accounts play Lazarus. Prominent figures raised from the dead included Canadian scholar Jordan Peterson, Christian satirical site Babylon Bee, and former president’s newest member Donald Trump.
Here are three crazy and funny reactions to what’s happening on Twitter.
1. Killer Bee
Musk, who saved Twitter from censorship, has nothing to do with Trump, everything to do with Babylon Bee. His one of the funniest sites on the internet, The Bee, has been shut down by old Twitter guards for giving Biden’s transgender Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine a “Man of the Year” award. This follows USA Today ironically naming Levine one of its “Women of the Year”.
Twitter suspended Bee. Musk’s ex-wife, ‘Westworld’ actress Tallulah Riley, texted him twice (yes, twice), talking about ‘suspension’ and saying, ‘Why did everyone become so Puritans? Is it?” She asked if she would “buy Twitter and make it fundamentally free speech.”
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I doubt most people would send their ex-wives a Christmas card, let alone buy a $44 billion company on their offer. But Musk did just that.
The Wall Street Journal film critic Kyle Smith tweeted, “Banning Babylon Bee turned out to be as wise as killing John Wick’s dog.” !). If you haven’t seen the action/thriller movie John Wick starring Keanu Reeves or his soon-to-be-released three sequels, you’ve got Liam Neeson’s “very special skills.” Imagine PETA.
2. Not dead yet
You’ve probably heard Mark Twain say, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The comment itself is a misquote, but to Twitter it is correct. Prominent journalists and news outlets have declared Twitter dead because colleagues who worked there were either bought out or fired.
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It’s not real analysis, it’s the closest thing the Left has to prayer. They want some divine entity, perhaps Gaia, to step in and shut Twitter down. And the more they talk about it, the more they want to get rid of advertisers and turn Musk into a billionaire whale.
Below are the actual headlines from the news media.
*Washington Post: “Musk summons engineers to Twitter HQ as millions wait for platform to collapse”;
* Vanity Fair: “Twitter is dying and I don’t feel so good about myself”;
* Atlantic: “How Elon Musk Really Kills Twitter”;
*Guardian UK “Twitter has a 50% chance of a major crash during the World Cup, insider says”;
* New York Times: “How to prepare for life after Twitter”.
And here’s a CNN tweet that sounds the same.
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It was the same with the MSNBC broadcast. Yasmin Vossoughian hosted her November 19th and Musk was one of her targets. “I can’t help but think, this is really like the beginning of the end for Twitter,” she explained.
That’s not news. It’s a wishful thinking.
3. Monty Python Solution
Comedy fans will recognize one of the great moments from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” that has become an established part of internet culture. “Run away!” This is now the official strategy of the angry left. But they can’t stand the idea that it’s an organizing platform for other opinions.
They are fleeing to new sites. The most popular choice is called Mastodon. Named after a group of mammals that went extinct 10,000 to 11,000 years ago. How appropriate to the left.
According to Axios, the site’s user base has tripled, reaching nearly 2 million users. However, many simply do so to avoid the social stigma of not doing so. Washington Post columnist and editorial page deputy editor Karen Tamurti tweeted, “Okay, I have a Mastodon handle, but I don’t know what to do with it.”
Ben Collins, a “dystopian” reporter for NBC News, was clearly conflicted. On the other hand, he said of Twitter, “Good website. I met a lot of good friends here. If it dies, it’s because of one man’s ego.”
On the other hand, he wrote, “I said so! Bye, bye everyone!”
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Collins not yet.
Musk has had the best reaction to it all. “The best people are staying here, so I’m not too worried.
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