People Explain Why They Feel The Need To Defend Elon Musk
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Elon Musk is one of the richest men on the planet. He's also among the most controversial.

In recent weeks, Musk made headlines for his $44 billion buyout of Twitter, which sparked concerns among liberals and civil rights activists who have warned about the consequences of having one person have so much control over public discourse online.

Musk has defended his venture as a bid to protect free speech and while there exist many editorials analyzing his motives in this venture (to say nothing of his others), there are also many people out there who consider him a visionary and have balked at criticisms of him.

We heard from a few of those people after Redditor return2ozma asked the online community,

"Those who defend Elon Musk, why do you feel the need to defend him?"

"All of that stuff..."

"I dont really care about Musk himself. My issue is the sheer hypocrisy."

"People are suddenly saying the speech will be restricted and he will use his power to selectively ban accounts like Big Tech (especially Twitter) haven't been doing that for years."

"MSNBC said that he would use it to promote good info on presidential candidates he likes and hide good info on candidates he doesn't. That he would exaggerate the bad and put it to the front for candidates he hates while doing the opposite for those he likes. like Big Tech (and mainstream media) hasnt been doing that for years."

"People are screaming that billionaires are able to purchase entire media platforms. like Billionaires havent been doing that for years. All of that stuff they were mocking political opponents for suddenly might be used on them, and now it's an issue?"

InvisibleMe21

People have been complaining about the very things you have raised. And also complaining about Musk who has historically proven he is not really a fan of free and open speech.

"A lot of people hate him..."

"I don't defend him. But when people make assumptions and straight up lie, I will call them out for it. A lot of people hate him, just because it's trendy to do so. In reality they don't know anything about him."

[deleted]

I mean, that's fine. But, when people make up lies to prop up Elon, I hope you have that same enthusiasm for the truth.

"If you're reading this..."

"If you’re reading this, then you’re old enough to know that mainstream media sets the mood for the perception of public figures, but also that that mood is never some objectively accurate measure of the persons overall goodness or badness. Media is like fashion: winds change."

"So don’t come at me saying “why does your opinion differ from the sentiment I happen to have read in the news lately?” That is inherently a dumb question."

"Real answer: Because when he says his goal is to make life interplanetary and spread consciousness to the stars, I believe that’s genuine."

"I honestly don’t understand how you can justify believing he’s not driven to make the world a better place: his motivation leaks through every single endeavor he undertakes."

Do you really think it’s a coincidence that the same guy who popularized electric cars is also pushing forward other optimistic, utopian-aiming tech like solar energy, high-speed rail and tunnel infrastructure, brain-computer interfaces, space exploration, and uncensorable Internet?"

"To that, I say: what an extraordinary coincidence that the guy who’s supposedly a fraud and big danger to humanity is simultaneously involved in so many things that a real tech-oriented humanist would be. Extraordinary coincidence!"

"The real question is, 1) why the hate? and 2) given the above how can you actually justify thinking he’s not genuinely all about advancing the human race?"

"I fear y’all only hate him because he’s a bit autistic, combined with jealousy, but especially combined with the fact he’s been getting piled on a lot."

adamisom

You can certainly make an argument that mainstream media doesn't like him but many people just don't like the man's attitude and entitlement.

"He can be a real jerk. He does things I don't agree with, and is famous enough that a lot of his personal life is public. And the people attacking him seem to forget that he has a right to be himself. If he were running for public office then we should worry about what he believes, but until then, let him be him."

"He's on the autism spectrum, and so am I, so I guess I'm a little sensitive to the fact that his brain works differently, and he sees things differently, and he gets attacked for it. I defend him against people who attack him for being different because in many ways I feel like I'm defending my right to be different and see the world in a way that others do not."

AlsoNotTheMamma

While I do not find Elon in any way shape or form to be a role model of mine, I do applaud your reasoned and level headed response.

"If he gets us to Mars..."

"If he gets us to Mars in the next decade or so, I think he will be every young kid's role model whether we like it or not."

"The important thing for me is that he's not perfect, and I don't expect him to be. Flawed people can accomplish great things if they work hard. And have access to money."

AlsoNotTheMamma

The key here, of course, is money. If you don't have any money, what can you actually do?

"I wouldn’t say I like Musk as a person either but that doesn’t mean I would discredit all of the massive advancements in innovation and technology he has done for the world."

rbui5000

Safe to say he's very much a "love him or hate him" sort of figure. There is no in-between.

"I don't get the blind hate..."

"I don't get the blind hate or blind love of him. I am amazed by what he has achieved in a number of areas, he's clearly a brilliant clear thinker in terms of engineering, but he's still flawed. He says and does things I don't like, but so far the world is a much better place because of him."

mother-a-god

Granted, all the billionaire hate is justified. Is the world actually better when Musk symbolizes so much of its inequality?

"He's not someone I admire or desire to emulate. However, the world's innovation is driven by people like this guy, and as controversial as he is he does a lot of good things."

[deleted]

Can you elaborate on this for people who don't follow him?

"I don't really defend him. I just think self driving electric cars and rockets are pretty cool."

Rorty

Okay, fair! Those things are indeed pretty cool.

There's no doubt that Elon Musk is one of the most polarizing figures in the world. How he'll continue to effect the world we live in remains to be seen but whatever lies in store for us is bound to have significant impacts on society at large.

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