Bonus – A Bigger Picture on Elon & Twitter


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If Elon Musk owns Twitter, what are the risks and what are the opportunities? In order for Twitter to support democracy — and Musk’s goal of becoming a multi-planetary civilization — we need a radical redesign that goes beyond free speech.

Note: this conversation was recorded on April 21, 2022. That was 3 days prior to the official purchase announcement, which revealed that Elon Musk will buy Twitter for $44 billion.

Clarification: In the episode, we talk about the creation of The Daily Show, featuring Jon Stewart. To be clear, The Daily Show was created by writer and producer Madeleine Smithberg and comedian and media personality Lizz Winstead — for comedian and host Craig Kilborn. Jon Stewart took over in 1999, which is when he had the conversation with executives that we reference in the episode, where he didn't want to see the viewership numbers.


Examining algorithmic amplification of political content on Twitter

Polarization of Twitter (Knight Foundation)

Pew Research on the political extremes drowning out centrist voices on Twitter

Chronological feed vs algorithm (Computational Journalism Lab)

A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen:
Here’s Our Plan And We Don’t Know:
A Problem Well-Stated Is Half-Solved:

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