Elon Musk Is Approaching Twitter As If Its Users Are Interchangeable. Is He Right?

James Surowiecki
4 min readNov 4, 2022
Elon Musk, 2018 (Daniel Oberhaus)

Since taking over Twitter last week, Elon Musk has found himself embroiled in multiple controversies, including his clashes with two of the most high-profile users on the site, novelist Stephen King (who has 6.9 million followers) and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who has 13.5 million followers. Both King and AOC were expressing their…

James Surowiecki

I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.