about 1 month ago
The blue checks wanted to abolish billionaires, in the name of equality. The billionaire will end up abolishing the blue checks, in the name of equality. t.co/EdxpTHCG25
Of course, these aren't disjoint sets. Many billionaires have blue checks. But roughly speaking: blue checks are about status and tech billionaires about startups. It's old money vs new money. Old money wanted to kill new money. New money is wiping out the status of old money.
The one form of equality a journalist will always resist is the idea that everyone is now equal to a journalist. But that's what universal verification does. Everyone who needs one can pay for a blue check. Bots get taxed. Twitter makes money. Establishment journos hardest hit.
Of course, it works on multiple levels. It is "just" a feature that gives the people what they want, taxes bots, and makes money for Twitter. Yet it also has salutary ancillary effects. t.co/h6dvke9QUQ