Uhhhh I mean I don't really have a formal "argument", but I do really enjoy thinking about the power dynamic, good point. Yes, Trump-Musk are currently riffing on the themes of a traditional American billionaire Possible Merger dance, of sorts.
In this advertisement, yes, it's about the headline, mostly, as seen in the link URL, but one other thing we just so happen to NEVER see anywhere is that the rollout of TRUTH has been close to the shitshow we all expected it would be (but it seems to work relatively well now, see wall of text below).
Sucks that I think Musk is right, that twitter is currently the main medium for political idea exchange and campaigns here in the US. He has also claimed he’ll make the algo open source, btw. click to doubt. This is NOT a defense of Twitter, btw. I hope Musk drives it into the ground, and I think there's better than 50-50 odds that he does exactly that.
My prediction: Eventually, Musk "begs" Donald Trump to reclaim his twitter, according to Donald Trump's repeated re-tellings. They need each other. TRUTH might've blown it (even if only in Trump's perception), and Trump-boosted twitter traffic is a sweet, sweet thing for Mr. Musk. But I was already wrong about one thing, Trump likely won't be back on the platform anytime soon, it'll take months to finalize the deal.
Whatever happens, fundamentally, retail investment in TRUTH, and moreso, outright buying Twitter wholesale is weird, if not fucked up. They are now competing brands of ingrained information networks (or not, lol TRUTH) that can be (and for TRUTH, the very intent is to be) doing a big faschy on the Front Lawn, folks.
You're right though, I am scared that Trump finds his way back into the white house in Jan. 2025. I have long tried to acknowledge my fears in the hopes of correcting for the bias. Hard to tell how successfully. But hey, I'm 100% sure it's not been 100% successful.
So You Don't Have To
I search 'truth ' in apple's app store. Why can't I just download 'truth or dare', the second ranked result, and take a win for the day? Wow, TRUTH Social's currently ranked #3 among social media app downloads. Very quick download time, maybe 4 seconds. Used to have my old iPhone rooted and I could pull up a terminal and scope filesizes and directories. RIP. Creating TRUTH Social profile. Entering in my actual DOB, default was 18 years ago before today (hey maybe there are a lot of 18 year-olds on TRUTH, that could be cool, right?). I use one of my old throw away emails to confirm an email, and... small lol, the minimum password security is 8+ characters w/ at least one capital and one lowercase. My password will be "TRUMPSanUS", and that is the first test that I'd like to administer. OK, now I'm having doubts. It wants my phone number. No, I will see if their website is up yet. No. Nope, it is still only available through Apple's app store, not on Android, or in a browser. Hmmmm. I think I'm gonna regret this. Six digit confirmation code texted from a 1-800 number. OK, picking a username, this will take me a while. I shan't tell you it, and it shouldn't matter anyway, since I don't plan to ever interact past curating a feed and lurking, if that. It's a good username. Southern. Not offensive. I use it for my display name too. Small bio. I skipped choosing a picture. AH!, there it is! #1 Suggested Profile on the splash page: Donald J. Trump (followed) 2. Official TRUTH Social page 3. Fox News 4. Newsmax 5. Don. Jr. (followed) 6. Babylon Bee 7. Breitbart, then Dan Bongino (followed), then "Defiant L's" (apparently an account that selectively catalogs liberal twitter hypocrisy. hmm, could be problematic on TRUTH), and it's whatever else, you get it. Shoutout to Travis Tritt at about #30, though (no follow). Oh wow, you have to select at least two profiles to follow to get off the splash page. Feed generated. First post - Bongino celebrates 1 million followers. Next 10 posts - Bongino doing the election fraud thing, wow, he's active here, then a Hannity post! He linked the same fox news article I did above.
It'll take me more time to really get the experience and understand the "community", but if I were Trump, I'd just greenlight them to use lib-bots for keeping the users engaged. That'll be one thing to look for. Update: so far the left has got at least a couple of seemingly-genuine whiteknight infantrymen down in the replies sections, doing about a D+ job at best of anything whatsoever. Hey, this could be a pretty good Twitter clone after all.
btw I'll still get texts from Parler every month-ish, which is always delightful. Lately, selling Trump-related NFTs. Naturally.