Fascinating insight from John Naughton and Josh Simmons as they talk through Musk’s purchase of Twitter. It’s about who gets to control significant power over the public square (Twitter is privately owned with a dominant position in that square).
It may seem a long way off from Northern Ireland, but Naughton’s description of two men who had an intuitive feel for the potentialities of Twitter, Musk himself and Donald Trump who for several years “led the mainstream media by the nose”.
Also worth reading is Jonathan Haidt’s Google Doc-ed paper on Social Media and Political Dysfunction.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty