In one sense, Elon Musk has the money that he can spend on whatever he wants. But on the other hand, it just seems like too much firepower to throw at a problem that a lot of celebrities have. You’re going to get criticized—it’s a fact of life—and at your scale, you can take it.
But you know something that Musk can do that might be an even stronger ego stroke but is beneficial to the broader internet rather than just him? He should redirect that team of people looking for examples of people criticizing him and pay for an anti-cyberbullying task force.
The internet needs something like it. In a world where an ironic Tyler, the Creator tweet
from nine years ago is non-ironically used to cyberbully people, it would be nice if a rich person stepped in and spent some of the money he was spending to deflect public criticism on efforts to defuse these armchair critics. It’s harder work and would require a focus on root causes, but given how much he’s respected by young people, he might have a shot at pulling it off.
And given the fact that we recently lost a prominent programmer in partd to cyberbullying (Near
, whose passing was the recent subject of a USA Today
article), it might be just the time to step out and do some real good for digital culture. (I encourage Musk, and everyone else, to learn about Near’s story. They truly were amazing.)
I mean, he’s already spending the money on it. Why not just retarget that money so it helps many rather than just a few?