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Why Elon Musk Couldn’t Save Free Speech

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Get a full year of Nebula & CuriosityStream for just $14.79 here: https://curiositystream.com/tomnicholas A video about Elon Musk, Twitter, Free Speech, the "Marketplace of Ideas" and Content Moderation on Social Media. *Chapters* 00:00 Introduction: Elon Musk is (Not) Buying Twitter 06:49 1. The Problem with Free Speech 19:53 Curiosity Stream & Nebula 22:17 2. The Origins of the Public Sphere (or, the "Marketplace of Ideas") 33:25 3. When Debate Went Online 43:42 4. Censorship & Social Media 58:19 5. Why Elon Would Have Failed *Bibliography* You can find an annotated bibliography for this video on my website, here: https://tomnicholas.com/2022/07/why-elon-musk-couldnt-save-free-speech *Some Copy about the Video for the YouTube Algorithm* In this month’s video, we’re looking at Elon Musk’s attempted (and now seemingly aborted) purchase of Twitter. In April 2022, Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion. His stated goals were two-fold: Firstly, to rid the social media network of bots and other fake accounts. Secondly, to ensure Twitter was doing all it could to protect “free speech” on its service. Over the past six months, Musk has joined the legions of activists on the political right who bemoan what they see as an overly-stringent approach to content moderation (or what they usually describe as “censorship") on Twitter. They claim that this is stifling public discourse and taking away users’ rights to freedom of speech and expression. But what would a Muskian Twitter actually have looked like? Could he have seen-through his plans for securing “free speech” on the platform? Or is it all a little bit more complicated than that. Join me as we take a dive into the ways in which discussions around freedom of speech tend to fail, the history of the so-called “marketplace of ideas” and what all of this might mean for how we look back on the attempt by Elon Musk to buy Twitter. Support the channel on Patreon at http://patreon.com/tomnicholas If you’ve enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as video essays and more then do consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! Twitter: http://twitter.com/tom_nicholas Instagram: http://instagram.com/tomnicholaswtf Patreon: http://patreon.com/tomnicholas Website: http://www.tomnicholas.com Select footage courtesy of Getty #ElonMusk #Twitter #FreeSpeech