Has there been a more interesting takeover story in recent times than Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter? Almost certainly not.
For one, this is being played out in full 24x7 public gaze, with both Musk and his detractors using the very platform that they are fighting over to announce their moves, stir debate and berate one another.
Also, this is more than business. It is essentially a war of ideas, of what true freedom of expression is. Musk calls himself a “free speech absolutist”; his opponents believe that some speech is too hurtful and dangerous to be permitted and Twitter’s new owner could do irreparable harm to public discourse and society at large.
Musk has always had the air of a scrappy schoolboy about him, and in Twitter, he seems to have found the biggest fight of his life.