So there's 2 potentially great things coming from this. So a win-win scenario.
1: Musk will reform twitter into a successful (and honest) internet-populist-town square where free speech reigns, which is a good thing.
2: Musk will drive twitter into the ground with his current model/backlash from the establishment, which means no more Twitter, which is a good thing.
I for one won't be making a twitter account either way because I just hate the format in general. Maybe it’s the limitation on characters..Dunno.
As for Musk being a public intellectual, this harkens back to the earlier talk I had with Bobby if Sadh Guru is one. I would say no (and suggest we change the title of this topic to Public Figures) A public intellectual for me is someone who brings a set of (own/unique) ideas to the table/public, usually in the form of (academic) literature/philosophy. Musk isn’t doing that.
Musk however is a brilliant Entrepreneur, who consistently takes existing concepts…
(banking, electric vehicles, rockets, satellites and, who knows later, social media)
..and combines them with other existing concepts (Internet, Sexy aesthetic and mass production, re-usability and social media being a product for you, instead of you being twitters product, in case of the 8 dollar blue-checkmark prescription)
..into very successful and world-changing business(es),
But then again ,that could be equally said of someone like Steve Jobs, so as an architype he's not all that unique i'd say, though defo the man of our time. As for his philosophy. He’s pretty much a libertarian who’s (own) money he puts into other world changing businesses in a manner more successful and effective than any government institute or cloth-brained politician would dream of doing with your (tax) money.
- Public figure? Defo.
- Brilliant entrepreneur/businessman? Defo
- Net force for good in this world? Yes (unless you’re a pro-big-government ideologue and/or AOC and/or and SJW screetcher who’s just been sacked from twitter for being the number 10! manager on 1 actual coder, lol )
- Public intellectual specifically? I'd go with not really.