What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You
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May 29, 201810 min read, 2002 words

What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After YouWhat It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You

Erin Biba
Published: May 29, 2018  |  10 min read, 2002 words
Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril. That’s because there is an army—mostly young, mostly white, almost entirely men—that marches behind him. These MuskBros, as we call them, make it their mission to descen...
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In this article, the author makes the claim that women journalists who critique Elon Musk, fairly or unfairly, will be swarmed by “MuskBros” who are hateful, sexist, foul-mouthed young white men. My issue with this article is that whenever anyone on the internet attracts the attention of 21M+ people (Musk’s Twitter following), some amount of the responses will be crass, rude, inappropriate, sexist, gross, etc. So cherry-picking anecdotal examples of such responses, as bad as they are, amongst what I'm sure was a much bigger collection of responses, is not scientifically significant, but rather a couple of data points that need to be appreciated as only a small fraction of the whole. My own opinion is that while the author claims to not want the attention she gets when criticizing Musk, I can't help but feel like she is enjoying the amount of clicks, likes, traffic, and mentions she's getting for putting out this story.
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