Time writer knocks free speech as an ‘obsession of the mostly white, male members of the tech elite’ like Musk

She also claimed that Musk’s idea of 言论自由 is about the right to spreaddisinformationand has nothing to do with the Founding Fathersoriginal intent.

Alter began her piece by insinuating that Musk should have put his $ 44 十亿 into something more worthwhile than what he sees as “言论自由,” a phrase she put in scare quotes throughout the piece.

她写了, “They say that something is worth what someone will pay for it. If that’s true, then protecting ‘free speech,’ which Elon Musk has cited as a central reason he agreed to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion this week, may be worth twice as much as solving America’s homelessness problem, and seven times as much as solving world hunger.

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Time Magazine recognized 8 leaders from science in its list of 100 最有影响力的人, including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. (Mark Seliger for TIME)

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她补充说, “It’s worth more (to him, 至少) than educating every child in nearly 50 国家, more than the GDP of Serbia, 约旦, or Paraguay.

The author then proceeded to wonder why a rich techie like Musk would even care about freedom of speech and how ithad become paramount concern of the techno-moral universe.

She asked, “Why does Musk care so much about this? Why would a guy who has pushed the boundaries of electric-vehicle manufacturing and plumbed the limits of commercial space flight care about who can say what on Twitter?”

She then cited professor of communication at Stanford University Fred Turner for the answer, who agreed, “It does seem to be a dominant obsession with the most elite.He stated, “[F]ree speech seems to be much more of an obsession among men,” and part ofthe entrepreneurial push: I did it in business, I did it in space, and now I’m going to do it in the world.

FILE - 在这个九月. 18, 2019, file photo a screen shows the price of Twitter stock at the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter said Thursday, 九月. 10, 2020,  that starting next week it will label or remove misleading claims that try to undermine public confidence in elections. (美联社照片/马文件伦尼汉, File)

文件 – 在这个九月. 18, 2019, file photo a screen shows the price of Twitter stock at the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter said Thursday, 九月. 10, 2020, that starting next week it will label or remove misleading claims that try to undermine public confidence in elections. (美联社照片/马克·伦尼汉, 文件)

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