Reminder: Elon Musk did not found Tesla Motors. He bought the company from its founders and as a part of the deal he purchased the title, “founder.” The actual founders are contractually forbidden from referring to themselves as founders.
Watch the video of his "demonstration" and see that it's a fiction. It's hyperreality. Listen to the friendly laughter. Ask the question. Why is the audience not throwing tomatoes and leaving the room?
Because Elon Musk is not an inventor making a presentation to his investors and his bosses. He's the boss. This is a LARP. The audience is actors. But they're not very convincing because they're not professional actors. They're just his employees expected to play a role, which they instinctively do. A real audience would express revulsion. This audience expresses convivial customer service for their client, Elon Musk.
Watch the moment of humanity when Franz drops kayfabe for a moment and asks Elon, "Are you sure?"
Franz hasn't tried this before, so he hesitates -- a normal human reaction. He wants to save Elon the potential embarrassment when it maybe doesn't work. He also wants the audience to know that he's actually not sure if it will work so that the blame doesn't fall on him.
Franz has experienced consequence before in his life. He knows that if you're going to make a presentation you should practice it a few times first. Elon doesn't know this because he's a spoiled twit and there has never been any consequence for any choice he's ever made in his life.
@tesseract no hE Is FuTUrE oF mAnKinD tesla about to make space hooks
@tesseract lmfao I didn't know that, incredible
@tesseract I hope so. I’m not so sure. They said the show was coming to an end in Rome circa 300 CE, too, but it only rotted into feudalism.
@tesseract except that they actually did several test runs before and the disbelief and caution is fabricated as well. For all we know, the actual failure of the glass might have been a calculated risk as well. It’s great publicity either way after all..
@moritzheiber I don’t actually believe that this GIF was produced before Elon’s Failure Show. For all we know they made this afterwards with a prop car. They are well known liars after all...
@xj9 You’re right. Guillotining the man would be much more natural.
@xj9 I agree. Elon Musk must be stopped before he kills again.
@xj9 Ah. You disagree. You think Elon Musk’s wage theft, union busting, other crimes, and his trail of death are fine.
@xj9 Ah, so you don’t want Elon Musk to be held accountable for the death and misery he’s responsible for. I understand you now.
@xj9 Wage theft, union busting, and selling people self driving cars that don’t work and crash into people, killing them.
@tesseract I fucking love this toot
@xmakina lol, thanks.
I mean, at least Steve Jobs built computers. He's also a capitalist pig but he could, you know, *do things*. Elon Musk is just LARPing as Steve Jobs and he's not even good at LARPing.
@tesseract I screenshotted this onto tumblr and it's already exceeded 32000 notes 😮
so, a Scorching Take
@otatma I’ve never tumblr’ed. I guess that number is good?
@tesseract eh. coupla orders of magnitude more than any of my posts got over the past ten years.
@otatma Weird. Okay!
@tesseract do other capitalists do any different? we're just willing to poke so much more at Elon Musk because he embarrasses himself in public.
they don't know what they're doing and they don't care, so long as they profit. when Elon Musk loses $750M in a day, that's pocket change to him and he doesn't care, cause he'll get billions more out of the workers he exploits.
@tesseract lmao I didn't know that but it fucking figures
@tesseract this is misinfo but okay. (Not the fact that he didnt found it but everything else)
@tesseract Not that I disbelieve you because I 100% don't, but do you know where I can find something to back this up?
Some of my family are fans of Musk and they would totally push back on this claim if I made it so I'd like to be able to support it :)
@witchfynder_finder @tesseract Apparently the original founders regained the right to the title of founder after filing suit, but before that the contract didn't allow them to: https://www.cnet.com/news/tesla-motors-founders-now-there-are-five/
@feld @tesseract But that's what founder means. He could call himself "investor" or "shareholder" or say he took an existing business and made it successful. But he didn't "found" it... which is probably why he had to put it in the contract.
Now, we could argue instead that "founder" doesn't mean that much in terms of contribution. But that is besides the point, because the entire thing is about a Narrative and Musk wanted that one title to build it.
Definitely. We should absolutely dissolve the system responsible for lifting billions out of poverty and which led to the highest standard of living in human history and immediately replace it with, what.. communism I suppose?
Yeah, that’ll work out great. I mean, it always has before, right?
you mean the same system that does everything in its power to not pay people a living wage?
Yes, I mean the system that pays people what their labor is worth. As unpopular as it is to say, flipping burgers is not worth $15USD (or whatever the local currency equivalent is) an hour. Want to make more money? One should improve their skills. My goodness, it has never been easier in history to learn new things and pick up new skills.
You mean the same system that literally invented slavery?
Huh, wasn’t aware that capitalism went back to ancient Egypt or even before. Or did you think that slavery just simply didn’t exist prior to the 18th century or so? Slavery is awful and an affront to all humankind, however it was neither invented by nor made worse by capitalism.
You want to say that people forget what capitalism is and then that people who say that communism et al killed off more people is just twisting facts and history. Then off you list off a bunch of capitalism’s supposed terrible evils.
Even if we pretend that they’re all true, they aren’t but lets just pretend, none of them are inherent in the system nor a direct result of the guiding principals and ideas of the system. On the other hand, the hundred odd million dead or more that can be laid at the feet of communism are a direct result of the core principals and ideas of the system. For all its ills, capitalism doesn’t generally result in famines, forced labor, mass land evictions, totalitarianism and of course, failed governments. There are reasons communist governments tend to be highly oppressive authoritarian regimes.
People flee communist regimes and risk life and limb to get out and into the Capitalist hell-scape you seem to think exists. People build makeshift rafts to leave Cuba, not go to it. Why is that?
I could go on myself. However, I’ll just toss it over to history. No system is perfect. No implementation of any imperfect system will be perfect itself. However, one system or set of systems has reliably lead to mass death, starvation, oppression (for real oppression, not the pseudo-oppression people whine about from time to time), and worse. One system invariably leads to poverty and stagnation for the masses. The other has lifted more people out of poverty in less time than anything else in history. One leads to true concentration of wealth and power in the hands of those fortunate enough to be part of the State apparatus. The other may result in billionaires, but it also results in millions being far better off as well.
There is also supreme irony in bemoaning the evils of capitalism on the Internet, from a highly advanced computer or mobile, and so on. The only thing that would make it better is if you’re connecting from an iPhone or Mac
@feld @eldaking @wolfie @tesseract this, and even if you do have the time to learn new skills good luck getting a job without credentials, networking, and lots of luck, assuming you're even in an area with a lot of jobs.
Let's do build a system that pays people what their labor is worth and lifts us out of poverty, though! Your intentions are in the right place even if you mistook capitalism for something good. I've been there, I think many of us have...
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