Tech’s highly paid versions of Homer Simpson won’t be missed

Elon Musk is conducting a public, real-time experiment as head of Twitter. Attracting the most fury and attention are his attempts to make the social media platform, which has more influence on media and the national political conversation than any of its competitors, into a freer, more transparent forum. By releasing reams of internal files to a series of journalists, he has also exposed the cozy interaction between pre-Musk Twitter and government censors, including the FBI.

Yet the debate over censorship is arguably of secondary importance to the long-term impact of the Musk experiment. Musk’s willingness to clean house — by some accounts, he has fired over two-thirds of Twitter’s
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