Musk, Twitter, and Why We Need to Step Back

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A funny thing happens when people feel they are threatened by something in the news cycle, they overreact. Take, for example, Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. An intelligent alien who never set foot on planet Earth would think our civilization is collapsing.

Why? We, humans, are good at personalizing and internalizing outside stuff. Whether we intend to or not.

Some think a return to true freedom of speech will happen. Others envision the rights of humans will be swept away in favor of more algorithms.

I cannot begin to decide who is right. I suspect, like most things, the reality will fall somewhere in the middle.

And civilization will be fine and we will all move on with our lives. This is yet another opportunity for us as individuals to grow.

Our dependence on social media, if the reaction to Musk’s acquisition is an indicator, is not healthy. So what’s the lesson for us? Simple, cut the dependence.

In the words of another attention-seeking public figure, relax.

Western democracy is not going to collapse once Twitter is owned by one person. If anything, this is a catalyst for our society to reevaluate a few things. Is there a slippery slope when it comes to free speech and the power and influence of billionaires? I will leave that to you to decide.

But this is an opportunity for each of us as individuals to once again think about what information we consume. How is it affecting our mental health? How much is it distracting us from what’s important?

Before we go nuts worrying about Elon and Twitter, think about this, Twitter only has 206 million active users globally. Maybe that will change, maybe it won’t.

So step back, relax, and use your time for you.

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Vincent Vicari, MPA

Vincent Vicari, MPA

Artist, illustrator, and writer inspiring others through Personal Development and Creativity. See more at https://vincentvicariart.com