People are tired of being bullied

Julie Reder

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I think people are tired of being intimidated by politics, government at all levels, school boards and the media. I think that’s also why the parents stood up. And that’s why some people become bullies in response. I believe that is why there is so much interest in Elon Musk making moves to buy Twitter.

Free speech advocates are hopeful while others are fearful. Especially managers, board members and fact checkers who can lose their jobs. The shareholders would make money, which is supposed to be the point. However, they do not have the opportunity to vote.

Instead, Twitter’s board responded by voting to insert a “poison pill” into its bylaws that allows other shareholders, but not the potential buyer, to buy newly minted shares at a discount. , increasing their investments while forcing Musk to swallow “the economy”. poison” by diluting its shares.

Some people said they weren’t comfortable with a billionaire owning him, but they’re okay with Zuckerberg owning Facebook, Bezos owning the Washington Post and Amazon and others billionaires own media companies. It’s more about ideology, control and profit.

As former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner said in an infamous leaked internal memo: “We have no obligation to write history. We have no obligation to make art. We are under no obligation to make any statement. Earning money is our only goal.

Did you know that six companies control 90% of what you read, watch and hear?

Musk has been very vocal about how he feels about the censorship that has taken place on Twitter, including comedians like Dave Chapelle and accounts like Babylon Bee. But it’s much more than actors. He is someone who does not repeat an ideology for whatever the topic of the day.

Twitter and Facebook have come under fire and been called to testify in DC for their anti-free speech practices, including censoring people who don’t fit their company’s ideology. Including their cancellation of a US President, while terrorists and dictators around the world were always welcome to tweet their heart’s desire and post on Facebook.

It has been reported that Musk is currently in talks with investors to join his bid to buy Twitter.

Musk likes to tweet. He says that’s how he expresses himself. He started it all with a poll on Twitter, asking his 79 million followers: “Free speech is essential to the functioning of a democracy. Do you believe that Twitter strictly adheres to this principle?” He asked them to vote carefully because the consequences of the poll would be significant.

Twitter’s new CEO, who is not a free speech advocate, initially said he would work with Musk and put him on the board. Musk didn’t want to do that. Probably because it would limit what he could do legally.

It’s interesting to me because they’re calling what Musk is doing a “hostile takeover,” and not in the best interests of shareholders, but he’s literally offering to buy everyone’s stock at a premium. Investors would all make money. More money than they could sell their shares at the moment. They would literally have no interest in caring about the business afterwards.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it?

Musk must now either mount a proxy fight to remove the directors and undo the poison pill, or find an alternative buyer (a “white knight”), which would make his shares more valuable, or he could walk away now and let shareholders sue. against the board of directors for killing the value of their shares and failing in their fiduciary responsibilities to look after the interests of the shareholders, rather than their own.

Musk says he would make the censorship algorithms that dictate these decisions open source so people could see why they were being censored and he would prefer to relax it so that if there is a gray area speech is protected.

This is a real problem for people who are driven by ideology and want to control what you see, hear and look at.

As Twitter and Facebook, in unison, censored legitimate frontline doctors discussing alternative cures to what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration are promoting for COVID-19, the press secretary for White House Jen Psaki, Thursday, July 15, 2021, admitted during a White House press conference that the Biden administration was working with and identifying “problematic” posts that Facebook needed to censor to limit “misinformation” about the coronavirus vaccine.

What these epidemiologists, virologists, and physicians who have been labeled as spreading “misinformation” and “conspiracy theorists” were saying is now widely accepted, even by the CDC.

People crave free speech and uncontrolled media.

I think that’s one of the reasons for the explosion of podcasts like Joe Rogan and Tim Cast IRL. How come regular guys have millions more people watching than the evening news? People crave open, uncensored discussion. They are tired of being intimidated by the media, by the government, by school boards and corporations at all levels.

They genuinely want to have open discussions about politics and science, including dissenting information, and have the freedom to be responsible for their minds, bodies, souls and to make decisions for their families and children. .

Especially where there is a risk, like in COVID vaccines, there should be a choice.

And Musk thinks it’s fundamental to our democracy and democracies around the world.

In an article on Rebecca Strong’s substack, she discusses how deregulation paved the way for media conglomerates to dominate the media landscape. In 1983, 50 companies dominated the media landscape. It shrunk to just nine companies in the 1990s and today just six conglomerates control 90% of what you watch, read or listen to. They include Comcast, Disney, AT&T, Sony, Fox, and Paramount Global (formerly known as ViacomCBS).

She writes: “To put this into perspective: that means that approximately 232 media executives have the power to decide what information 277 million Americans can access. In 2021, the “big six” took in a total of over $478 billion in revenue. That’s more than the GDPs of Finland and Ukraine combined.

She adds, “It’s no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in a structured information system to reinforce their social biases and respond to their purchasing preferences.

President Donald Trump has been kicked off Twitter, along with several other high-profile conservatives, and is launching his own new social media platform, Truth Social. This is in addition to several other apps trying to level the playing field online, but no one is really able to compete currently with Twitter, Facebook, and Google Search, which also have censorship issues.

Elon is smart. While Twitter is busy censoring people. Elon listens to them. Then he puts his money where his mouth is. He also publicly stated that maybe it was time for an alternative social media platform.

People yearn for freedom of speech, free exchange of information and freedom of life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness

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