Flipping the Bird: Elon vs. Twitter

4.7/5

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When Elon Musk posted a video of himself arriving at Twitter HQ carrying a white sink along with the message “let that sink in!” it marked the end of a dramatic takeover. Musk had gone from Twitter critic to “Chief Twit” in the space of just a few months but his arrival didn’t put an end to questions about his motives. Musk had earned a reputation as a business maverick. From PayPal to Tesla to SpaceX, his name was synonymous with big, earth-shattering ideas. So, what did he want with a social media platform? And was this all really in the nam...


Critic Reviews

Score: 4

Fiona Sturges • Financial Times Jun 18, 2023

"Flipping the Bird is pacy and polished, with an irreverent tone. As a chronicle of a problematic business decision, Flipping the Bird is undoubtedly compelling, but the framing of it is knowingly one-sided, with an absence of different viewpoints that might reveal, with a little more seriousness, what Musk was thinking and why. Musk is still, as Redmond describes him at the start, “an interesting guy”. It’s a shame that this podcast is only interested in focusing on Musk as a monster."

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Score: 5

Chanel Dubofsky • Mashable Jun 1, 2023

"As the story unfolds in real time, this look at how the takeover happened, as well as the implications of it for the everyday user, and for anyone with an opinion, is more important than ever."

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Score: 5

Stephen O. • Podcast Delivery May 8, 2023

"As we peel back the layers of chaos, we find some noteworthy missteps and controversies surrounding the eccentric entrepreneur's Twitter acquisition – and they’re not particularly flattering. To be fair, Flipping the Bird does offer some fascinating, seemingly up-to-the-minute insights...Whether it's the thrill of watching a broken billionaire unravel or the morbid curiosity in witnessing the meteoric rise and ongoing fall, Flipping the Bird: Elon vs. Twitter roosts on a nest of wildly fascinating events that simply demand your attention."


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