Elon Musk: Controller of Memes and the Universe

The wealthiest man on the planet, who is aiding the militarization of space and, for the first time in human history, is ruining the night sky with 2100 low orbit satellites, has bought one of the biggest social media platforms on earth for $44 billion USD.

Since then, Musk has made it a point to underscore his commitment to free speech. But today, online speech is governed, almost entirely, by algorithms which are designed by corporate programmers. It is rare that one person or group is deliberately or specifically targeted for the restriction of their speech. However, these algorithms are designed to weed out speech that is deemed as oppositional to the current arrangement of economic and political power by placing them lower on the list. In other words, you can tweet or post whatever you like, because most people will never see it. It will be rendered almost invisible on newsfeeds and in internet searches. Musk probably knows this better than anyone else.

Elon Musk may have been joking about controlling the universe via control of memes. Hopefully, the joke will not end up being on the rest of us.

Kenn Orphan, April 2022

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