Can ‘Musking’ Twitter Leverage Mainstream Politics?

It has been more than a week since Musk officially acquired and owned Twitter, and its public opinion and political effects are still fermenting, which is worthy of attention.

First, Musk’s reshaping of Twitter’s rules will continue to adjust the American public opinion and political environment under the influence of social media. The current “flattening” shaped by American public opinion is gradually replacing the previous “pyramidization”. The “top-down” model of business elites influencing elections and decision-making through omni-directional domination of public opinion has frequently encountered obstacles in the process of “Muskization” of social media such as Twitter. In the past, the pattern of American elites leading public opinion is being challenged by the Musks who reflect the demands of more “people”, and the enthusiasm and actions of the people at the bottom to participate in and influence politics are showing an increasing trend.

Musk’s current shelving or scrapping of various communication restrictions set by Twitter’s former controller has allowed ordinary people and more diverse voices to continue to converge in the public opinion field. In the electoral culture of “whoever dominates public opinion will dominate politics”, public opinion manipulators are often holders or sharers of power, and they are often able to achieve effects sufficient to influence major election results and sway the policy agenda.

As Twitter, which enjoys extensive influence in the Internet field of the western world, its leader has to a certain extent a position that influences the political trends and trends of the entire Western world, which is unattainable for others. With the new changes in the public opinion ecology represented by “New Twitter”, more public participation in political and social issues is bound to continue to have a significant impact on U.S. politics and even decision-making.

Secondly, as a transformative rather than a follower, Musk has proved in the early stage that he has brought about huge changes in the ecology of related fields in the space industry, “Starlink” applications, electric vehicles, etc., and he is strongly involved in political and diplomatic issues. Awareness and widespread commentary will make it more likely that Musk will deliver on his own political agenda through the powerful social media of Twitter.

Indeed, in the current U.S. political environment, those with strong economic resources and a dominant position in technology and media communication usually have the basic conditions to put their political vision or agenda into practice. At present, key departments such as the US military, aviation, environmental protection, economy and trade are more or less inseparable from the corporate products or services provided by Musk. An entrepreneur with satellite numbers in any country, including the United States, Musk is well versed in public opinion and the ability to shape politics. The long-term successful experience of lobbying in Washington gave him a unique understanding of American politics and its operation. When the politically “laissez-faire” entrepreneur took control of Twitter, he immediately made the decision to delist Twitter’s stock to reduce outside scrutiny and enjoy greater freedom to use social media. Musk’s dissatisfaction with the current U.S. government and his goodwill towards the previous president are often overblown.

In the United States, where capital and media dominate politics, a considerable number of politicians are increasingly wary of Musk’s political influence. Their general welcome to Musk’s companies has gradually been replaced by resistance to Musk, who has displayed political ambitions but considers himself “uncool and abnormal”.

Third, in the current environment where US foreign policy is influenced by the blind “political correctness” of political elites, Musk’s unique understanding of international affairs and his initiative are likely to become the same as the American people in the process of increasing his control over public opinion. A unique force that drives the rethinking and even adjustment of foreign policy by the American political elite obsessed with “mountain” and “beacon”.

Musk has a very different understanding and understanding of many issues such as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the Middle East issue, and Asia-Pacific security from the mainstream policy elites in the United States. Shi prioritizes paying attention to the demands of major powers and resolving disputes between major powers, and on this basis promotes the evolution of the international order. To a certain extent, these propositions point out the key flaws in the current US foreign policy, and can also be said to be a relatively reasonable policy choice to change the US’s constant diplomatic setbacks. The fact that Musk’s comments have frequently received responses from dignitaries in relevant countries and general public attention shows that his influence in the international diplomatic and public opinion circles is constantly rising, which also constitutes an important factor in people’s expectations of whether he will affect U.S. policy. .

The striking reality of current American politics is that the gap between the policy goals defined by the policy elite and the general aspirations of the domestic population is so wide that it is difficult to bridge it. The former’s plan to intensify the internal division and expansion of power, and externally consume high resources to seek global hegemony, has led to the latter’s continued “rebellion” against policy elites, and has led to extreme disgust in more countries around the world. To a certain extent, Washington’s policy elites have become the creators of crises and disputes in hot spots in the United States and the world. There is indeed room for Musk to seek to change the political ecology of the United States and prompt him to make slight adjustments to its foreign policy with his constantly gathering public opinion influence. Of course, many mainstream media and policy elites in the United States do not reflect on the chaos and crisis caused by their geopolitical handling of international affairs. On the contrary, they portray Musk as a “maker of geopolitical chaos”, and their response to Musk’s actions Vigilance and resistance are on the rise. This may indicate that Musk’s use of public opinion to leverage mainstream political culture to make changes may not work.

The ecological changes and influence of American public opinion brought about by Musk’s control of Twitter may be one of the ways to resolve the current split in the US political circles and the deadly estrangement between the elite and the public. To a large extent, the results will be revealed in the upcoming series of elections.

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