Front Porch Chats S2 #1

Lowercase brewing Westphalian pale lager in glass on table outside

Ah, back out on the porch, a Lowercase Westphalian pale lager on the table.

Thought of the week comes from The Matrix: Neo, sooner or later you will realize, just as I did, there’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.

Seems apt, considering the big news this week is that Elon Musk bought Twitter.

Because Musk has talked a big game about how he’s going to fix Twitter-a service that about 23% of Americans use, but somehow takes up 90% of our fucking discourse. Call me cranky, but I just don’t think that an app that is devised for broadcasting your toilet thoughts should be how we go about deciding what is relevant to society.

That said, a couple friends have sent me this article, and the TL:DR of it is that Musk has no idea how to manage what he has bought, which isn’t a product, but a service and one that depends on the good experience of its users at that. Musk seems to think that letting people like Trump back into the discourse is good for the service.

The article suggests he is wrong.

And I certainly hope he is. Because fuck him.

I was mentioning this to a friend yesterday; I remember being told that wishing ill upon people said more about me than it did about them. That the fate of other people should be left up to them.

Before the dark times. Before the Billionaires.

These exploitative, hoarding, ass itch scrotes have been wrecking the discourse for some time and I for one, am sick to my eyeballs of it. I am tired of the way they manipulate things for their greed, in the name of ‘the good’ and the laundromat of PR that washes their names clean somehow.

But Musk-who has done fuck all with his power except exploit folks with it-is who they all really are: Selfish assholes.

So to hell with him, I hope he tries to ‘fix’ twitter by doing everything but what he should do; ban the actual bad actors-the Nazis, the stochastic terrorists-and watches 44 billion dollars go up in smoke. Because everyone else has decided that this is bullshit and we deserve better.

It’s not like he’ll miss the money. Nothing will happen to him as a result of losing that money, which is an injustice that the Universe should not stand for. So fuck him.

One way we can demonstrate that we deserve better is to vote, so I hope all of you are doing your reading, and are ready to vote in the coming weeks.

Sorry, I got distracted by my insistence on calling Elon Musk a douchecanoe. This beer? It’s pretty meh; Not clean enough for a lager, not flavorful enough for a pale. It doesn’t know what it is.

Something I can sympathize with but I wish I hadn’t paid for.

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