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How Elon Musk’s influence on Twitter will affect pop culture

For years, Twitter has essentially served as ground zero for the current culture wars being waged between the woke left and everyone else. The company has sided with radicals on almost every occasion, kicking dissenting voices off the platform for anything that borders on even the slightest offence.

The cultural purge has been a double-edged sword for Twitter, drawing them into the spotlight during a debate over free speech and censorship. Rather than of course, the company named a particularly nefarious figure by the name of Parag Agrawal as its new CEO, following the departure of Jack Dorsey.

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Agrawal has made no secret of the fact that he despises the concept of freedom of expression and will actively work to undermine it with more censorship and repression. However, the recent acquisition of more than 9% of Twitter shares by famous tech billionaire Elon Musk could have put a damper on his plans.

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Musk is now the company’s largest shareholder, with hints that he will gobble up more shares in order to gain a foothold in the company. Worse still (for Agrawal), Musk has just been appointed to the board, which means he will have a special influence within the company.

Obviously, Musk does not have majority shareholder status, which means he can’t do whatever he wants, contrary to what many have been claiming since the news broke. However, Musk’s very presence has caused a dramatic paradigm shift within Twitter’s internal operations, and it will only grow in strength.

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Yesterday, Substack’s vice president of communications, Lulu Cheng Meservey, announced that the company was hiring, but made sure to tell disgruntled employees on Twitter that they weren’t welcome. Substack has long been a strong advocate for free speech, attracting influential voices like Glenn Greenwald and Bari Weiss.

Indeed, many far-left Wokesters lost their minds when Musk’s involvement with Twitter was announced, and many said they would quit the platform altogether. It also includes radicalized militant employees who have spent years exerting enormous pressure on the company to reflect a far-left political stance.

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Throw yourself into the nightmarish debacle over Twitter’s involvement in the cover-up of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, just for laughs. As the investigation into young Biden grows, so does the possibility of additional indictments and investigations into the current sitting President of the United States.

Musk, for his part, has been something of a champion of the right, ever since he started poking fun at fraudulent politicians like America’s 1/1024th Elizabeth Warren. The billionaire has sounded the alarm over the suppression of free speech as a direct threat to a healthy democracy.

Some on the left have tried to connect the dots between Musk and his use of Twitter to promote his Tesla electric vehicle business, suggesting he profits from its use. While that may be true, it’s no different than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owning the Washington Post in order to protect himself and those around him from political harm.

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We see no criticism of Bezos for this, as the Washington Post constantly acts as the Democrats’ partner, either carrying their water or wiping their bloody noses.

The real battle, of course, is for the fate of the culture, and Musk is now the wildcard who could undo the oligarchic power of the woke left. While Twitter has long been seen as an extension of the Democratic Party’s press wing, Musk has established himself as a much-hated ideological opponent of that same party.

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The question is whether Musk has enough clout to push the kind of change needed to affect how free speech is handled on Twitter, and what that means for pop culture, as a whole.

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Musk is highly unlikely to have any say in Twitter’s policies regarding content moderation and the practice of banning dissenting voices, as no board member has that power. However, the criticism made public by Musk from Twitter and other social media platforms is enough to force change from within, whether the company likes it or not.

There’s speculation that Musk will crumble and work to make Twitter a profitable business, but he’s a man who’s never been afraid to speak his mind about anything, let the consequences be cursed. He has already made headlines by posting a poll asking Twitter users if the company should implement an edit button for posts.

Obviously, he has a lot of token influence within the company, even though he cannot legally force any change in policy. Twitter, for its part, needs to be extremely careful where it steps in with Musk on board, lest they face a bigger backlash. For all intents and purposes, Musk is an undercover intended to destabilize the corporate status quo at a time when it is taking a beating from all sides.

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Initially, Musk will focus a lot on attracting new users, something Twitter has struggled with for years. He will also be involved in the development of the company’s open-source, decentralized protocol known as Bluesky. This is where Musk can ironically wield some power.

Twitter’s PR team was quick to describe Bluesky as a benevolent system in which huge tech giants give up their monopoly power in favor of greater communication and (theoretically) greater freedom of expression. However, the company is notorious for blatant gaslighting and lies regarding this very issue.

Could Bluesky be the handy get-out-of-jail card Twitter needs to get rid of free speech criticism? Again, the initiative seems to run counter to Parag Agrawal’s extremely worrying stance on free speech and censorship.

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The West is currently reaching a breaking point in the culture wars, and the woke left is losing more and more ground with each passing day. Musk’s self-injection into Twitter’s internal operations is a blow to conservatives and mainstream liberals who are tired of imperialism and the weaponization of speech.

It’s far too early to tell whether Twitter will begin to reinstate banned accounts for no apparent reason, or opt for a balanced approach to which voices will be silenced and which will be allowed to continue circulating. It’s a long-running joke that former US President Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter, while Iran’s Ayatollah is allowed to tweet calls for violence and bloodshed.

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It is also worth considering the political calendar. Joe Biden’s poll numbers are down the drain, but he still hasn’t found his bottom, and that’s bad news for the Democratic Party heading into midterms. Even mainstream left-leaning media are gearing up to throw Joe Biden aside, especially as the Hunter Biden investigation unfolds.

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Under normal circumstances, Twitter would no doubt double down on bad decisions, leading to more negative scrutiny as we head into midterms and the 2024 presidential race. Musk’s presence on the board might just be convincing the company to start turning over a new leaf, albeit slowly.

For those convinced that Musk will simply buy Twitter wholesale, it’s a tough sell. Current rules state that Musk cannot own more than 14.9% of Twitter shares while remaining on the board. If he abandons this position in favor of majority ownership, he loses a major seat of influence.

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Again, the very idea that Musk is involved with Twitter in any way might be enough to turn the tide. The last thing Twitter needs right now is negative press, especially with the left-wing narrative heating up. Musk isn’t shy about speaking candidly about his own company’s missteps, and his unpredictability in the press should (rightly) make Twitter’s board nervous.

Anything destined to happen will happen slowly, as is common practice with large mega-corporations. Musk’s ability to cut bureaucracy and red tape could be a huge boost for Twitter, but if he tries to go against his free speech advocacy, the company could end up regretting it.

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For those who are invested in pop culture and wondering if they will have a chance to use Twitter as a platform for free speech, they should wait for the celebrations, at least for now. Musk’s success with Twitter will have ripple effects across the industry, especially if Twitter manages to get it all right and become profitable.

If that happens, it will be a massive event that could spur other companies held hostage by their militant Woke employees to offload the charge and restructure. Fear is the number one motivating factor contributing to the dumb and evil business practices of Disney, DC Comics, Marvel, Warner Bros. and many other pop culture entities.

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If a company with the vast brand recognition and power of influence of Twitter manages to abandon the Woke and return to the purpose for which it was intended, expect other companies to follow the same model. . That, right there, could be the turning point that single-handedly crushes the Woke and ends the culture war.

Like all grueling conflicts, this will take time.

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