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Oct 28 6 tweets 2 min read
I think people acting all upset about the egotistic megalomaniac attention-grabbing bullshit-spewing techno-babbling brat who just acquired Twitter are failing to see how bad Twitter upper management (under Jack Dorsey or Parag Agrawal) already was. •1/6
None of these people care a bit about their users except insofar as users are the product they're selling to advertisers and data brokers. None of the se guys wants to improve this most wretched hive of scum and villainy. None of them deserves a iota of trust from us. •2/6
Using social media is a utilitarian balancing act between its expediency as a tool for communication and the dangers it presents (for society, our personal data, how it enables our enemies). Their management is never our friend or ally: at best, they can be useful to us. •3/6
I agree we should be prepared to jump ship at any point if balance changes; but making this a matter of principle is silly: Dorsey and Agrawal aren't less evil or trustworthy than Musk is, just better at hiding it. If principles matter so much you should never have come. •4/6
Musk is a self-aggrandizing buffoon and a jerk, but behind the erratic facade, I don't think he's worse (or better) than his caste. Will he break this shiny 44G$ plaything he (somewhat unwillingly) just bought himself? I have no idea, and presumably neither does he himself. •5/6
I'm not going to try to second-guess him: his empty promises are just a bunch of lies anyway. I'll just see if my utilitarian evaluation of Twitter drops below zero: if so, I'll leave, until then, I'll stay. I prefer a known parasite to a false friend. •6/6

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zsh: argument list too long: fgrep
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