SARAH VINE: If Elon Musk kills Twitter, it will be his best gift to all of us yet!

SARAH VINE: If Elon Musk kills Twitter, it will be his best gift to all of us yet!

Depending on your point of view, Elon Musk, aka the world’s richest man and the new owner of Twitter, is either a dangerous lunatic or some kind of visionary genius.

If you’re one of the thousands of Twitter employees whose jobs are at risk, you probably subscribe to the old school of thought, and understandably so.

For the rest of us, however, it may turn out to be the last. Maybe, who knows, even a kind of modern superhero.

If his recent choice of Halloween costume, Iron Man, is anything to go by, this is how Musk seems to see himself.

Iron Man is a maverick business tycoon, playboy, inventor, and scientist (reminds you of anyone?) who gains his superpowers not from a radioactive spider or interplanetary legacy, but through mechanized armor.

Depending on your point of view, Elon Musk, aka the world's richest man and the new owner of Twitter, is either a dangerous lunatic or some kind of visionary genius.

Depending on your point of view, Elon Musk, aka the world’s richest man and the new owner of Twitter, is either a dangerous lunatic or some kind of visionary genius.

Musk’s belief in the power of science to answer the world’s needs (while lining his own pockets) has always been unshakeable. But the problem with Twitter is that it is not a machine, not a rocket, not a computer program; it is something much more complex and unwieldy, and in many ways more terrifying: a giant electronic organism made up of millions of individual human minds.

That may explain why Musk, having acquired the social media platform, is proving useless at running it. Perhaps for the first time in his entire career he has to interact meaningfully with humans, and many of them as well. Over 200 million of the blighters, in fact.

And for a man who has been open about his neurodiversity (he revealed he had Asperger’s in 2021), that must be quite a challenge.

But the problem with Twitter is that it is not a machine, a rocket or a computer program, it is something much more complex and unwieldy, and in many ways more terrifying.

But the problem with Twitter is that it is not a machine, a rocket or a computer program, it is something much more complex and unwieldy, and in many ways more terrifying.

Take your idea of ​​charging $8 a month for a blue tick, or whatever. The network already offers a subscription for paid features, but to Musk this must seem like a sensible and practical solution to the need to generate revenue.

But what he can’t understand is why people resent the idea of ​​having to pay for a service they already enjoy, and also feel that doing so would somehow devalue the coveted blue-label status they hold so dear.

He thinks it’s an illogical response, and it is.

But it’s also a very human emotional response, which is what he’s struggling to process.

And that’s because despite his impressive IQ, he has the EQ (emotional intelligence) of a garden gnome. For the same reason, he can’t see why it’s so outrageous to fire employees in their sleep and lock them out of their accounts. It’s just the way his brain works.

The network already offers a subscription for paid features, but to Musk this must seem like a sensible and practical solution to the need to generate revenue.

The network already offers a subscription for paid features, but to Musk this must seem like a sensible and practical solution to the need to generate revenue.

But there is an irony here. Because if Musk really does end up destroying Twitter with his Iron Man approach, he could end up doing the human race a great service.

Because, let’s face it, Twitter has done more to diminish the human spirit than almost any other invention of the last 20 years. It is the intellectual equivalent of an alco-pop, a platform that encourages and rewards the worst kind of human behavior.

It helps spread ignorance and misinformation and, through its virtual mafia and pitchfork culture, has contributed to the narrowing of debate, the grotesque simplification of complex issues, the persecution of original writers and thinkers, the degradation of politics and the rise of a culture of intolerance that, frankly, makes the Spanish Inquisition seem lenient.

I have no doubt that the world would be a better place, not to mention happier, kinder, and saner, without him.

Forget sending a man to Mars. Killing Twitter could be Musk’s greatest gift to civilization yet.

The farce of migrant schools must end

Some families in Kent have been told that there are no school places left in the Canterbury and Ashford areas, because they have been allocated to migrant children. Instead, local children have to travel up to 25 miles to receive lessons. Aside from the hassle and stress, how are they supposed to see their friends or attend sports clubs after school? – this is the kind of thing that turns even the most generous-minded person into a raging reactionary.

It is all very well that liberal elites condemn government efforts to stem the flow of arrivals through the Canal. But they are not the ones who have hotels full of fit and healthy men in their 20s posing as victims at their doors, or whose children are being turned into outcasts and educational migrants in their own country to meet the needs of those without rights. legitimate. right to be here. Of course we should welcome those in need, of course we should do what we can to help. But this charade has to end.

Cheese toast has apparently overtaken bacon toast as Britain’s favorite sandwich.

This seems extraordinary to me. I have always hated cheese toasties as I abhor cooked cheese in all its forms. Baked camembert, cheese fondue, even cheese puree disgusts me.

I reserve particular disdain for the crispy Parmesan, which reminds me of something unspeakable to do with your feet. I am alone?

The BBC is reportedly considering banning the phrase “tax burden” as it implies that taxes are too high and should be reduced. What’s next, the ban on describing rain as wet?

Emily is the true jewel in the crown of television.

Forget Elizabeth Debicki’s cloying mimicry of Princess Diana in the new series of The Crown. If you’re looking for a sweeping saga with a superb female lead, try Emily Blunt, left, in the BBC’s stunning new Western, The English. Brimming with originality, full of surprises, and visually stunning, this is a show that truly is binge-worthy.

Pictured: Emily Blunt in The English

Pictured: Emily Blunt in The English

I’m still furious at Eddie Izzard for saying he switches between ‘girl mode’ and ‘boy mode’ by taking off his heels and wearing flats. Aside from the stupidity of that statement, it begs the question: why would someone who clearly appears to be a screaming misogynist even want to be a woman?

Sarah is very brave with hair loss. I have been there too.

All credit to Sarah Beeny for sharing her experience with hair loss. It’s not easy facing the reality (or, for that matter, the nasty teasing on social media) of losing your hair as a woman.

I came out of the closet bald (although my hair loss is thankfully not cancer-related) more than a decade ago, when no one was talking about this sort of thing.

Since then, a lot has changed: There are women on TikTok speaking up about their experiences with hair loss, and the stigma I felt is much less pronounced.

As Beeny says, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and being bald doesn’t make you any less of a woman. I wish him the best in his recovery from cancer.

Some people have expressed dismay at the idea that Aileen Getty, an heiress to Getty oil billions, would help finance Just Stop Oil. But in my opinion it makes perfect sense. What better way to secure your family’s oil-based fortunes than encouraging gullible green fools to destroy every shred of credibility and support for the green cause by throwing soup on old master paintings, covering everything with paint (based on oil) and blocking traffic. causing even more gas congestion? Hypocrite?

Far from it: the woman is clearly a genius.

Robert Lacey, whose wife was one of the bridesmaids at the Queen’s coronation, has surprised some people by mounting a spirited defense of the latest series of The Crown. But then he reads that Lacey is a ‘historical consultant,’ and it all clicks. I know from a friend who is an agent that the starting price for such consultancies can be up to £5,000 per episode. One can only imagine the extent of Mr. Lacey’s bounty. Though even he, I suspect, isn’t getting as much as Prince Harry for this bad taste trashing the Queen’s memory.

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