Elon musk: the twitter killer
Yesterday, Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter announced the following:
Boom there it is. Elon’s latest attempt to drive sales for his failing Twitter Blue service could be the thing that finally kills Twitter for good. Twitter Blue has been widely unpopular with users and ineffective in what it sought to do, which is mitigate bots. Twitter Bots are one of the things that Elon fixated on when he came on as CEO. If you were to ask him they are the biggest issue plaguing the app, however funnily enough I never really came across the “bot epidemic”, but I guess me and Elon are on different sides of Twitter. In my experience, the only thing that I’ve seen Twitter Blue do is give irrelevant accounts false authority and opportunities to take trolling to new heights.
Some of the numbers here are astounding but I find the most interesting stat to be this: of the approximately 450,000 legacy verified accounts only around 6,500 have paid for Twitter Blue. This is especially concerning considering that in the coming weeks legacy blue checks will be getting removed and so many of them aren’t willing to pay for a check even if it's taken away.
Mike summed up everything wrong with Twitter blue right there: The people that pay for Twitter Blue are viewed as losers and a laughing stock yet they are going to be the only accounts that are “verified”. Elon is clearly trying to up his grift game in the name of eliminating bots but when asked valid questions about how this dumb new feature will help with that at all he goes full “meme lord” trying to “own” his critics so that his dick-riding fanboys can come and tell him he “won the internet for the day”.
The backlash to the For You Page announcement has been loud and plentiful. Pretty much everyone that opposes this upcoming measure makes sound points and uses logic to show that this new implementation will effectively ruin everyones Twitter feeds.
Following the backlash, Elon hopped on Twitter the next day to say
Elon’s tenure as Twitter CEO has annoyed me since the day he showed up at Twitter HQ with that stupid fucking sink. If it isn’t clear already I am not the biggest fan of Elon. Honestly, most of my distaste comes from his fanboys that would literally die for him and come to his defense when he faces the slightest bit of criticism. The other thing that annoys me the most about Elon is that no matter how hard he tries he simply can’t post. He tries so hard to be funny (like with his aforementioned sink bit) but he’s so painfully unfunny. That doesn’t matter to his army of boot lickers though, as every one of his stolen circa 2011 memes that gets tweeted out instantly amasses hundreds of thousands of likes.
Would you believe me if I told you this got 335,000 likes. Are you kidding me?! This type of shit wasn’t even good on iFunny back in the day!
Nearly half a million likes on that one… I’m at the point where I legitimately feel like I'm going insane when I see these stolen memes from 2009 get so much praise and laughing crying emojis in his replies.
Marc actually makes a great point here. I seem to remember a certain Twitter poll that Elon promised he’d abide by the results of…
Elon’s Twitter experiment has been a resounding failure thus far and I sincerely hope that this new change will not last for too long. If this kills Twitter then all I will have is TikTok and If TikTok gets banned on top of that… well then I guess I’d just have to go outside.
Twitter… Rest In Peace
WTF, tiktok is getting banned???
Hello, my name is Jake and welcome to my masterclass… on clickbait. Gotcha! No, TikTok isn’t getting banned, at least not for the time being. There are however significant pushes from congress and a few other vocal sources (probably lobbyists hired by Meta) to ban TikTok in the United States due to concerns about China and the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) having access to our data and feeding propaganda to our people. Kind of like what Facebook does but they’re different because Zuckerberg is a robot that was built on good O’l American soil.
Yesterday the CEO of TikTok, Shou Chew was called into Congress to testify in front of the House Energy and Commerce committee. My main takeaway from what I saw was that yesterday was a glaring indictment of our current congressional representatives, specifically when it comes to the average age of our reps. Watching a bunch of geezers and boomers try to grill someone about tech that is actually knowledgeable in tech was both very funny and very concerning.
Let’s look at some highlights from yesterday:
Dick Hudson really thought he had his Gotcha moment there didn’t he (some just can’t do it like me). I like to think he and his team spent all last week preparing that highly intelligent question. I think that we may need to call in Bill Gates and Tim Cook to ask them if their products use people’s home wifi as well. A hidden and dangerous reality of TikTok illuminated by the great congressman from North Carolina.
Oh boy, lot to unpack here from Congressman Buddy Carter. This is honestly the best 90-second clip of the day and an absolute knockout one-two combo. I don’t know WTF Buddy was talking about with dilated pupils assisting the TikTok algorithm, which Chew clearly denied, and Buddy didn’t know WTF Chew was talking about when he explained simple face filters needing to know where people's eyes are. I would bet a good amount of money that at some point on the campaign trail some 23-year-old intern came up to Buddy and made him film a video with the OG Snapchat dog filter on his face (it knew where his eyes were). The second part of this clip is arguably funnier than the first. After asking how TikTok knows its users' ages it’s explained to Buddy how users self-report their age then TikTok verifies by viewing public posts by that user. Buddy’s response? “That’s creepy, aw yeah you’re sick, some kinda sicko huh? Tell me more you big weirdo”. It’s so funny to me that it’s seen as there being some sort of problem with TikTok looking at the public content posted by its users when one of the issues that came up multiple times was about content the representatives deemed “inappropriate” and should’ve been taken down by TikTok itself.
Who’s someone that brought very that issue up? Buddy!!!
Buddy was freaking on one yesterday! My man put up the congressional hearing version of a triple-double! This clip actually infuriated me when I watched it. What the hell is this guy talking about?! Sure TikTok is the current bastion for dumb internet challenges to go viral but that should not matter. Internet challenges have been a thing for literally as long as the internet has existed and used to be some of the biggest content on Youtube and Vine
So it is freaking ridiculous that when Chew brought up this is an industry-wide issue NOT specific to just TikTok Buddy just shut him down saying: “We talm bout TikTok here, tell me whhhhy this goes on?” Do you want to know why Buddy? It’s because dumb people with the internet will do dumb things and other dumb people will see that and replicate it. That’s like day 1 internet shit.
Another clip I saw but can’t find now is of a congresswoman talking about sleep deprivation in teenagers because of TikTok and how important sleep is to them. This is maybe the stupidest point brought up the entire day! Back in 2012 when I got my first iPod touch I had 0 issues depriving myself of sleep using Kik, iFunny, and Cut the Rope. Kids and teenagers with electronic devices will stay up all night on their phones with or without the evil clock app.
As you’ve seen in previous examples, multiple times the representatives were just simply wrong on their facts, for instance, the love-child of Kelly Clarkson and Sally Struthers in the clip below.
Another thing that kept happening was representatives would ask a question, get an answer, and then say that the answer isn’t true. What exactly is the point of having a hearing if you’re not going to believe anything you hear?
Ma’am the only thing preposterous here is your wig.
I honestly don’t understand why the TikTok CEO is under fire here when there are other social media CEOs that are so much worse!
Really Elon? You couldn’t execute one of the easiest, low-hanging fruit jokes to exist? C’mon man, maybe it’s time to hang up the cleats and never attempt a joke again. (If any of Elon’s fanboys try and defend this by saying “he was being ironic you just don’t get it” I don’t care. Even Ironically this is plain dumb and band kid humor)
Look, at the end of the day it is concerning that China may be able to access user data from TikTok, but is that really any different than what Meta does? Sure there is a difference between a foreign government versus an American private company having my data but to me, I honestly don’t care. So China knows I like to scroll through hours upon hours of South Park/Subway Surfers videos, Big Whoop.
While not all Tik Tok content is the best you can find some really cool stuff on there.
Stuff such as Movie and TV reviews with insightful analysis that gives you a new perspective
Or creative and mouth-watering cooking videos that spark your culinary adventures
And maybe even tips and tricks on how to find your future soulmate
So at the end of the day, I will fight for my right to waste 6 hours of my day scrolling aimlessly on TikTok. U.S. government… come and take it… I dare you
The Strange Leadup to the end of "succession"
As most fans of HBO’s highly acclaimed drama “Succession” know, the upcoming season 4 will be the show’s last. While I am pretty sad to say goodbye to the Roy family, I don’t disagree with show creator Jesse Armstrong deciding to end the show. We are currently in an era of prestige television shows choosing to end after four seasons. Some examples include Donald Glover’s “Atlanta”, which after a four-year gap came back with an experimental season 3, and then preceded to follow with the brilliant 4th and final season a few months later that reminded viewers why they fell in love with the show in the first place. “Barry” has also announced that the upcoming season 4 will sadly be it's last. (BTW there will be at least four Sundays where we will be getting both new “Succession” and new “Barry” and they will be so sweet) For both “Barry” and “Succession” these upcoming endings feel inevitable with the nature of both shows' plots and I’d much rather see them both successfully land the ship and leave viewers wanting more than see them go down the same path as “The Walking Dead” or “Dexter”, overstaying their welcome.
Anyway, the reason I wanted to write this blog is because of some of the BEEF between Brian Cox (Logan) and Jeremy Strong (Kendall) that has apparently been brewing for a long time and was recently made public.
BANG! Shots fired! I guess we all kind of knew Jeremy Strong was a little off after that infamous New Yorker profile on him, which Strong later bashed, but it’s still wild to see his Co-star say this stuff publicly.
Strong responded to some of Cox’s comments in a GQ profile that was done on him
I like to think that when Brian Cox saw this response he immediately started thinking of this next quote:
What can you say? The man clearly hates dealing with method actors, but I think if he spent some time on set with Jared Leto he wouldn’t feel so harshly about Strong…
I have no doubt in my mind that Jeremy Strong is probably a lot to deal with on set. Just look at how he showed up to the season 4 premiere today
And it seems like Brian Cox has just reached the age in life where he doesn’t give a damn anymore. The irony in all of this is that if Brian Cox has so much disdain for Jeremy Strong and his ways in real life, is HE not method acting? It must be a whole lot easier for Logan to insult and sound off on Kendall when Cox feels the same way for Kendall as he does for Strong. Just some interesting food for thought…
It looks like ahead of tonight’s premiere Cox needed to pregame seeing Strong with Nicholas Braun and some liquor.
Then when the big moment came and on-screen father and son had to pose for a picture together this happened:
Some may see nothing, but in this clip, I see palpable disdain between the two. The way that Jeremy Strong puts his arm around Cox like that he’s basically saying: “The Dinosaur Is Having One Last Roar At The Meteor Before It Wipes Him Out.” (Kendall Roy S1E04)
I’m sure Strong is hoping Cox doesn’t do any more interviews and Cox is hoping he won’t have to see Strong again.
When it comes to the other cast there is no shortage of interesting blurbs. TomGreg seems to be as real off-screen as on
And Sarah Snook, much like Shiv at some points in the show, was kept out of the loop
I like to think Sarah Snook had a very similar interaction with show creator Jesse Armstrong when she found out this was the end (Armstrong as Logan)
I’m going to miss Succession, but for now, here's to seeing Connor Roy become president, Logan die, and Gerri get the company in the coming weeks. (obviously these are just my dumb predictions)
Ahhh the Oscar’s, a time that signals awards season is ending, a time for recognition of the best in their craft, and most importantly a time that provides a safe space for comedians to not get slapped square in the mouth. I wasn’t able to watch last year’s Ceremony but I don’t think anything memorable happened that took the entire country 6 months to shut up about.
This is one of the first years I’m actually excited for the Oscars and not because I get to see shitty Jimmy Kimmel jokes about the slap or about how he was “confused” about which Pinnochio was actually nominated, but because for the first time in my life I have seen a majority of the Oscar Noms. Honestly I am cool with the nominations except for two things: ‘Babylon’ should have been nominated for Best Picture and Damien Chazelle should have been nominated for best director. The ‘Babylon’ slander by critics hurt me to my core and I legitimately believe that ten years from now people will look back and be baffled why ‘Babylon’ wasn’t nominated. That’s really my only personal problem with nominations but aside from that let’s get into it:
Best Actor: Austin Butler for ‘Elvis’ (+130):
I’ll admit it… I didn’t see ‘The Whale’. I didn’t witness Brenden Fraser’s comeback performance in it’s full glory, BUT I do think that this whole awards circuit has been a bit of a “atta boy” run for Fraser. This is not to diminish anything about his performance, like I said I haven’t seen it. However, I saw ‘Elvis’ in theatres and while I didn’t even really like the movie, Butler put on one hell of a show. (Side note: Tom Hanks, I was delighted to see you win the Razzie for one of the shittiest performances I have ever seen on film. I actually came close to paying Razzie dues just so I could vote for you as the worst supporting actor for 2022. Thank God there is some semblance of justice in the world so you could receive your honor) Austin Butler was fantastic in the role of Elvis and he deserves a Best Actor win. I mean come on, over a year after filming the man still talks like Elvis.:
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for ‘Tár’ (+145)
Quentin Tarantino can you please announce who the Oscar for Best Actress goes to:
Cate Blancett’s seriously intense performance as Lydia Tár was incredible. While many can call ‘Tár’ “Oscar bait” and I also didn’t understand what the hell was being talked about half the time, there is no denying Cate Blancett’s performance. This is the type of shit that wins Best Actress awards. There is no denying Michelle Yeoh but we will get to that later in the EEAAO parlay. For the best value Cate Blanchett is the pick.
Best Director: Steven Spielberg for ‘The Fablemans (+850)
Look obviously Spielberg most likely isn’t going to win. However, there is nothing Hollywood likes more
then Hollywood. And when you put one of the greatest directors ever making an autobiographical flick about how he became a director on top of that, there is ZERO reason you shouldn’t sprinkle a little bit of money on Spielberg. Don’t EVER doubt Hollywood sucking its own dick, therefore my pick (for its value)!
Best Original Screenplay: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ (+145)
My first reaction after watching “Banshees” was “wow that was a swell film”. I’m going to be truthful in saying I didn’t quite understand the significance of the Irish Civil War backdrop whilst watching, but I understood after watching an “ending explained” video. “Banshees” seems to me like the definition of Best Original Screenplay with the way not much happened and yet it was compelling as hell. I don’t have much else to say for this pick…
Best Picture: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ (-1200)
Obviously this is the heavy favorite for a reason. EEAAO was by far the best film I saw in the year of our Lord 2022. It had a way better and more interesting take on the multiverse than Marvel has had in about, oh I don’t know.. 6 different movies. Not just that but EEAAO was legitimately heartfelt and just an epic film. I can’t even put into words how incredible this film is. So, attentive readers may wonder: “Why haven’t you picked them for any of the previous awards?” And the reason dear reader is this: THE EEAAO PARLAY
THE EEAAO PARLAY:
This all comes out to about +150 odds and I put it as my best bet of the night.
One final pick from me is ‘Babylon’ for Best Original Score (-150)
These are my picks for the nights of glitz and glamour, and in Hollywood’s name let us hit!