You all know I’m not a fan of Elon Musk — I think he’s something of a looter, a guy who’s good at PR (usually) and knows what bandwagons to leap upon. But lately he’s been working so hard to confirm all of my biases against him.
He announced a plan to fund a media watchdog site that would rank news sources…which is a fine idea, except that his criteria seemed to be self-serving. A news source that was critical of Elon Musk would be “fake news”, obviously. And then what happens? Musk endorses a propaganda site run by a sex cult.
But what really annoyed me was his ignorance and arrogance when he sneered at Upulia Divisekera because she studies nanotechnology.
Ahem, you have “nano” in your bio. That is 100% synonymous with bs.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2018
So Upulie responded with a whole series of tweets outlining the importance of nanotechnology. But guess what? After his initial snipe, he just ignored her altogether. I think that means that she kicked his ass.
Extremely weird how you aren't responding to me, but anyway. Your point does not stand. Nanotechnology is the application of specific properties found in materials at the 1nm-100nm level. It isn't the same as general chemistry and electronics https://t.co/4YeFUEEqgF
— Upulie Divisekera (@upulie) May 25, 2018
At least a nice summary of the Musk mythos emerged out of that mess.
Elon Musk is the perfect hero for our era of reboots and reality TV. Much of the mythos he has built around himself consists of worn-out sci-fi tropes, recycled and sold as reality. And in this way, Musk himself is like an update on L. Ron Hubbard.https://t.co/csxIHINuwe
— Ilari Kaila (@IlariKaila) March 25, 2018