"I can't believe how strange it is to be alive right now." -
Taking Back Sunday
It is increasingly bizarre watching a war unfold over Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok. It's simultaneously frightening and fascinating. Some of it is just fun content:
women yelling at soldiers
dudes joyriding in tanks
, etc. Sometimes it's difficult to know when and what to believe. It's also weird seeing a country get canceled like it's a celebrity who accidentally posted the wrong meme on Facebook. And then, you have
Earlier in this social media war, Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, tweeted at Elon Musk and asked if he could help turn Ukraine's internet back on.
Musk said, "Sure," and sent them Starlink
. But then Fedorov needed tech support. Mind you, this all happening with the backdrop of a freaking war.
At least, I think Musk fixed it. I don't understand much technical gibberish. People gibbering technically causes me to stand there thinking about how much I like cheese. But let's say that everything the Vice PM asked for was done that quickly and easily by Musk. It is amazing what you can do when there is no bureaucracy. Musk could have been sitting on the toilet while he fixed a glitch that was glitching in a warzone.
It's awesome because he's on our side. It's terrifying to think about a situation in which he's not. We see what happens when Big Tech companies have power over people with which they disagree. Protesters wake up and discover they don't have bank accounts anymore.
The ease and speed with which Elon Musk was able to help are both amazing and terrifying. You can say that about many things that have happened over the past month.