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The new era of Twitter began last week with Elon Musk at the helm, and the changes are for all to see.
Already from the first moments after his inauguration, accounts that had been blocked began to resurface and joyful messages with words and news that were previously censored began to proliferate. The situation was reminiscent of the expressions of joy experienced during the Fall of the Berlin Wall, saving the differences, of course.
One news item, in particular, has become the perfect example of what this change in Twitter’s course could mean for freedom of speech, and the political and social repercussions it could entail.
After the horrible assault with a hammer suffered by Paul Pelosi at his residence, the Democratic media apparatus went to work to politically instrumentalize the matter, accusing the assailant of being a QAnon supporter and practically singling out Trump as the direct instigator of the attack.
Had this situation occurred prior to Elon Musk’s arrival at Twitter, the Democrats’ iron grip on information would have carved this explanation in stone. However, the crack in the narrative posed by the new Twitter has allowed this version to be challenged.
Elon Musk’s “freed bird” has provided information and images about the event that allows the public to have a reasonable doubt as to whether the explanation given by the Democrats is real. Now it can be assessed whether, as the Democrats say, it was an assault by an exalted Trump supporter, or whether, on the contrary, Paul Pelosi might know his assailant, who would have attacked him for private and not political reasons.
What once would have been relegated to a conspiracy theory in obscure Internet forums is now a matter of debate in the public square of Twitter. Beyond what really happened in the Pelosi household, the important thing is that the new winds on Twitter have made it possible to unmask the fierce control of the narrative that existed until now.
It is well worth $44 billion that everyone has access to all the information, and can now compare and contrast in order to form an idea of reality with their own criteria.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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