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Opinion | Elon Musk and the Turmoil at Twitter


To the Editor:

Re “Resignations Rock Twitter Amid Indicators of Turmoil” (Enterprise, Nov. 18):

Because the chief human assets officer for a midsize nonprofit, I present route on approaches that present that our group values our workers. Over time, we’ve come to understand that valuing workers in demonstrated methods isn’t solely the moral factor to do, but in addition the good factor to do, if you would like your group to thrive.

Our view is that our group is just as sturdy as our folks — and that the work can’t be achieved with out them. It’s no shock that Twitter’s future is in danger due to the way in which that its proprietor, Elon Musk, is managing his workers.

Jan Mowder Hughes
New York
The author is vice chairman and chief human assets officer on the Council on International Relations.

To the Editor:

Re “Trump’s Twitter Account Is Restored After Musk Asks Customers to Weigh In” (information article, Nov. 20):

Elon Musk needs to rejoice free speech by bringing Donald Trump again onto the platform, however he punishes any worker who dares to disagree with him publicly. So which is it, Mr. Musk: Free speech is an efficient factor, or it’s not a great factor? Logically it could’t be each.

Oh wait — what do cause and logic need to do with Twitter?

Bruce Weinstein
New York

To the Editor:

“Hiya. Is that this Twitter?”

“Sure, that is Elon. To whom am I talking?”

“Bob. I used to be within the midst of a dialog with one among your customer support representatives, John Smith, when he mentioned he needed to put me on maintain, however he by no means got here again on. Are you able to switch me to his extension?

“Sorry, however I don’t know if or when he’s returning.”

“Oh, I’m sorry. I hope every little thing is effectively with him.”

“Bob, I’m sorry, however I’ve to run. I’ve to reply 200 million different calls. Have a pleasant day, and thanks for calling Twitter.”

Bob Tuman
San Luis Obispo, Calif.

To the Editor:

Elon Musk has achieved such a chaotic job in his takeover of Twitter that it’s my hope that Fox Information is his subsequent acquisition.

Joni Brenner
Huntington, N.Y.

To the Editor:

You’ll word that since Elon Musk has just about destroyed Twitter it has made virtually no distinction to any essential interchange of concepts.

That’s as a result of Twitter has by no means been a “digital city sq.,” as Mr. Musk refers to it. It’s a digital yard fence, the place folks gossip. Oh sure, they love a salacious story or to diss folks they don’t like, particularly if they’ll do it with some anonymity. However no actual data or thought passes by the hen’s beak. It’s simply noise.

If one wished to actually management the vitriol and lies unfold on the medium, one would require that an individual’s full title all the time seem with their tweets. No cute display screen names; no hiding behind a company brand. (After all, there are all the time methods round any controls.)

Every account must be assigned to an actual particular person, and that particular person’s title could be current on each tweet they despatched nevertheless many instances it was retweeted. Free speech is valuable, however provided that audio system have the braveness to face behind what they are saying.

Robert Veitch
Richfield, Minn.

To the Editor:

Re “I Studied Trump’s Twitter Use for Six Years. Put together for the Worst” by Brian L. Ott (Opinion visitor essay, nytimes.com, Nov. 20):

Professor Ott is right when he writes, “Trump is an accelerant; his message is a match.” Disturbingly, sexism related together with his tweets is correlated with election outcomes.

In a examine revealed in Economics Bulletin that I co-authored, we examined the position that Donald Trump’s tweets performed in inflaming the sexism that helped him win the 2016 election.

Within the months by which Mr. Trump tweeted extra insults at ladies, people went to Google and carried out extra searches expressing hostile sexism. And by which geographic areas did we discover the biggest response to Mr. Trump’s tweets? It was within the areas by which Hillary Clinton carried out poorly, relative to the male Democratic presidential candidates who preceded and adopted her.

This exhibits that these tweets weren’t simply hurtful, but in addition engendered a consequential response from voters. Tweets insulting Ms. Clinton or different ladies infected sexism; this sexism led some individuals who would have in any other case voted for a male Democrat to modify their votes to Mr. Trump.

Ann Owen
Clinton, N.Y.
The author is chair of the economics division at Hamilton School.

To the Editor:

Re “When Local weather Talks Stall, She’ll Discover the Phrases” (entrance web page, Nov. 18):

How pleasant to learn of Sue Biniaz, an American treasure. Her authorized thoughts, onerous work and concern for local weather points have made her invaluable. Thank goodness for her.

However one wonders why we aren’t all deeply involved with local weather points. A latest report indicated that our altering local weather has adversely affected 90 p.c of American counties. About 1,700 Pakistani lives had been snuffed out by floods that consumed a 3rd of their nation. Hurricane Ian took effectively over 100 American lives. Our indignant local weather is screaming at us!

Get up! The dying and destruction of climate-related disasters will escalate till we robustly mitigate this drawback. What caliber catastrophe will present that wake-up name? What number of people will die and the way a lot will it value?

We have to give attention to the local weather disaster so that there’s mitigation on all ranges: federal, state, native and particular person. We should not enable this looming drawback to overwhelm our youngsters’s futures.

Sally Courtright
Albany, N.Y.

To the Editor:

By God it was thrilling to learn concerning the local weather negotiator Sue Biniaz — terrifying, fierce, competent, in her lengthy denim skirt and white hair bun.

You inform ’em, Sue. Take so long as it’s worthwhile to clarify it; womansplaining by no means appeared so good.

Diane Croft

Credit score…Damon Winter/The New York Occasions

To the Editor:

A full front-page photograph of Donald Trump within the Sunday Opinion part? Actually? Adopted up by an ocean of column inches with extra photos? Why on earth would The Occasions give a lot area to this despicable, harmful, harmful excuse for a person?

Sure, he’s newsworthy to the extent that his declared candidacy impacts our society. However the media typically have made an trade out of giving this egomaniac exactly what he seeks. The Occasions ought to restrain itself in its complicity.

The one excuse I can consider for this big photograph could be to make enjoyable of his garish, ostentatious lack of style.

MacKenzie Allen
Santa Fe, N.M.

To the Editor:

Why by election after election are the Democratic states “blue” and the Republican ones “crimson?”

In 18th-century France the colours for many who stormed the Bastille had been crimson and blue. By the nineteenth century crimson grew to become the colour of the battle in opposition to capitalism, the colour of the employees, of labor.

The networks adopted the present crimson and blue state colours in 2000, and it’s time for historic accuracy to vary it again. The crimson flag is the flag of widespread opposition. It’s actually not the colour of authoritarian Trumpism.

John Sheridan
Portland, Ore.


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