I’ve not said very much on the Musk Twitter Takeover, because I have complex thoughts, rather than any clear thesis; and I think many won’t agree or find my take tedious. But, some have asked, so I’ll say this: I think that social media – and Twitter in particular – is enormously important. It’s common to hear things like “Twitter isn’t real life,” but that’s not true. The user base of Twitter includes many prominent journalists and politicians who use the platform to form their views of world events, and who are influenced by the tweets they read there. The manual and algorithmic manipulation of these platforms via the boosting of select voices and the muting of others influences political discourse all over the world. Social media manipulation is a big part of the reason that lockdowns happened, it is a key ingredient in the vaccinator hysteria, and its importance is only growing. Social media is also hugely important for us. The populist backlash of 2016 would never have happened without the major social media platforms, and while the owners of social media have taken steps to mute the opinions of ordinary people and dissidents, with a little bit of skill and resilience, you can defeat their countermeasures and reach a wide audience anyway.