All of the revelations about government directed shadow banning on Twitter of conservatives and other opponents of various government policies is very interesting and may help to convince some few remaining idiots who haven’t already seen what’s perfectly obvious to most people of normal intelligence. But I don’t see that it will accomplish any practical result.
But what would be really useful is if Musk decides that providing a legitimate commercial platform for non-Leftists is a profitable business model. Of course, this is a question that hasn’t been answered. Now, Jeff Bezos was eventually able to make Amazon very profitable. But he had the advantage that he was able for many years to provide his customers with a product line that avoided all state sales tax. And Google was able to capitalize on government contracts to fund their capture of the worldwide advertising market.
But what’s left for Musk to capture? Twitter is a political gossip column and little else. If kept in its current form it’s really not good for much. So, what was Musk thinking when he spent $44 billion for it?
For that kind of investment, he must be looking at something enormous. My guess is that he’s looking at some kind of integrated on-line service platform. The question is how he plans to steal a march on his competitors. So, if you are eying the revenues that Apple, Google, Facebook, PayPal and Amazon have, how do you steal away some of them?
His first step was easy. Fire the worthless two thirds of your employees that spend their time in yoga and meditation rooms and demand results from the remaining people. Right there he’s practically made the company profitable. But after that he needs to find the future of digital enterprise.
And it’s not going to be something idiotic like Zuckerberg’s ridiculous metaverse. Thinking the world is going to be revolutionized by everybody walking around wearing VR headsets is close to moronic. It’s going to be something that uses artificial intelligence for something more than advertising. Currently Silicon Valley has just been shilling for the woke powers that be who are looking to eliminate the great unwashed (meaning us).
A way to utilize artificial intelligence in a profitable and useful way is to provide those who are currently being ostracized and silenced with a platform to organize and accomplish useful things. And not just political organizing. In fact, the cultural and commercial aspects are even more important and desperately needed.
In fact, what Musk could make the most money on is streaming entertainment. There is such a drought of enjoyable content that he could get his whole $44 Billion back on that alone. When was the last time there was anything actually funny put out on television or in the movies? Other than Dave Chapelle everyone is so afraid of offending someone by saying something actually funny that they’re reduced to just insulting straight white men, the only allowable target for abuse.
And there are many other forbidden enterprises that Musk and his partners can get involved with. Being one of the original creators of PayPal makes it certain that he could add financial functions to his platform. It could include payment processing, crowd funding, and even normal banking services. Grateful customers would be more than happy to throw their other on-line business his way. He just has to make it simple to get started.
He could steal a page from Amazon and get into self-publishing. He could build a better smart phone. I’ve heard he’s even considering starting his own news network. There are all kinds of opportunities. He could even become a site host for all the folks who’ve been de-platformed.
And these are just the things that occur to a regular guy like me. Surely super-genius Elon Musk can produce ideas that are a thousand times better and more lucrative. So come on, Elon get cracking, we’re getting tired of waiting.