Between the Taylor Swift Ticketmaster debacle and former President Donald J. Trump’s return to Twitter — it’s been a big week for Internet mental breakdowns.
If you need proof that we have a problem with perspective in our society, look no further than videos of Swifties crying into their iPhone cameras or CBS News’ reaction to Orange Man coming back to Twitter.
Let’s go back a bit.
Earlier this week, news broke that Elon Musk gave his Twitter employees an ultimatum: work hard or get out.
According to later reports, hundreds of employees chose to head to the exit signs.
In their defense, Elon’s “hard-line” final ultimatum was just one of many incidents in which the billionaire left his new employees reeling.
The New York Post reported last week that he also canceled free lunches at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Quelle Horreur!
“The billionaire said he would cancel the free meals served at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco because it costs the company about $400 per worker,” the newspaper wrote.
Democratic activist Andrew Wortman expressed his outrage at this shocking development. “He fired three-quarters of the staff. Now he plans to starve the rest,” he said in a tweet.
And who can forget the fact that ever since Musk took over the company, he’s been hell-bent on getting Twitter employees back in the office? His ban on telecommuting for employees (with certain exceptions) was not well received by audiences.
Then on Friday, Musk did the unthinkable. conducted a poll asking users if Donald Trump should be reinstated on the platform. After more than 15 million users cast their ballots – with the results in Trump’s favor – Musk reinstated the person, who will not be named.
It didn’t take long for the left’s virtue signals to start rolling in.
On Sunday, Fortune magazine released an article titled, Ex-Twitter Employees Are Terrified About Elon Musk Bringing Back Donald Trump’s Account: “Incredibly Annoying.”
Good thing they’re ex-employees then, right?
By the way, were any of these former Twitter workers “horrified” when their former company censored the New York Post for underreporting Hunter Biden’s laptop?
I have a feeling their performative rage is reserved for special occasions.
CBS News couldn’t wait to get into the unfolding drama.
“In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing activity on the social networking site while continuing to monitor the platform,” the network’s national correspondent, Jonathan Vigliotti, said Friday evening.
The irony of CBS’s heroic deed is not lost on anyone with the slightest knowledge of the network’s checkered past.
After all, no one at CBS used a great deal of caution in 2004 when “journalist” Dan Rather reported on four “fake but accurate” documents containing bogus allegations about President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. .
And who can forget when Leslie Stahl dismissed Donald Trump’s concerns about Hunter Biden’s laptop during an interview in October of 2020?
She told the former president, “You know, that’s 60 minutes, and we can’t put things in that we can’t check.” Trump should have asked Leslie if Dan Rather knew about this company policy.
Of course they could have validated the laptop, but that would have required actual journalism, something the creative geniuses at CBS don’t know about.
In case CBS’ hypocrisy wasn’t evident enough — less than 48 hours later, the news network is back on Twitter.
I suggest that CBS, out of an abundance of caution, support its end of the bargain and step away from the social media platform. Making promises you can’t keep is bad. Plus, the possibility that anyone in the well-respected network might come across real news while scrolling through Twitter — well, that’s simply too risky.
This is only the beginning of companies and celebrities “leaving” the Wild West full of Elon’s free speech.
On a serious note, it is best for everyone to remember that in life there will be things you don’t like and things you don’t approve of.
Last week, it may have happened that Ticketmaster melted and you couldn’t get your tickets to the Eras Tour. Today Twitter may have brought back Donald Trump.
But just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean you’ve been a victim of injustice. This does not mean that you, or democracy, or America are in grave danger.
It simply means that you did not get what you wanted.
Perspective is important and based on this week’s whine on the World Wide Web – it is sorely lacking in our society right now.
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