The “Exxon knew” story is being ignored?

My previous post was about the recent release of a shocking report by researchers from Harvard University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, confirming Exxon has know for at least fifty years that their products were, are, and will continue causing planet wide warming.

I first saw the Exxon story late last night on Mastodon. This morning I checked Twitter, and was surprised-not-surprised to see no mention of it. It’s there if you search, but on the UK News feed and Trending there’s nothing.

It wasn’t so long ago Twitter was my first port of call for breaking stories. Now, the top thirty stories on the platform, go from Felix to Corbyn, with no mention of Exxon. That’s just wrong, and dangerous, and confirms the kind of dangerous bias, I for one, expected when Elon Musk took over Twitter.

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Mastodon rejects funding to preserve nonprofit status

As Twitter implodes under the weight of Elon Musk’s ego, Mastodon has grown significantly, making it very attractive to investors, who no doubt would pump tonnes of cash into the fediverse, and seek to centralise the decentralised. We should all tip our hats to Eugen Rochko the German software developer, who is the sole shareholder of Mastodon, for refusing the money, and keeping Mastodon open source.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/12/twitter-rival-mastodon-rejects-funding-to-preserve-nonprofit-status/

Is Elon Musk a far-right activist?

I’m intrigued by Charlie Warzel’s article in The Atlantic.

Warzel thinks Musk’s far-right activism lacks “a strong political ideology or value system”. Instead it’s motivated “by the accumulation of money” and “being perceived as a visionary”.

For me that drops Musk into the narcissistic and opportunistic mould of Trump, rather than ideological zealot, making the outcome and means far more dangerous.

Big Tech is failing

Jeremy Gilbert and Alex Williams in their Open Democracy article offer some insights into why they think “Big Tech is failing”.

The pair see two possible futures. “One is towards a green neosocialism… the other is a bleak fascist populism.”

For me both of these futures seem locked into tech giants. They’re not seeing that the platforms are part of the problem, part of the reason the latter is a possibility.

I think if you want a green future, if you want a future at all, the monopolies have to go.

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