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“Twitter serves less as a town square than as a gladiatorial arena. It’s where competitors kill off one another while the crowd cheers, where teams compete in winner-take-all contests, where unending ideological demolition derbies go in circles. It’s where the spectacle lives, where attention can be captured, where people can be activated, because Twitter’s infrastructure has delivered a perpetually roiling crowd; to be on Twitter is to fight on Twitter, and often to fight about Twitter.”

Renee DiResta, writing in The Atlantic about the hostile approach to buy Twitter from you-know-who. DiResta’s perspective contains a nuance sorely lacking in Elon Musk’s TED fireside chat earlier on Thursday.

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