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Don't fall for Bloomberg's effusive Elon Musk profile

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  1. FishFingus
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    The edited title's much clearer, thanks. A well-written article that puts into words how tired I am of irresponsible, overprivileged, loudmouthed, greasy, platform-humping nitwits; and the cults...

    The edited title's much clearer, thanks. A well-written article that puts into words how tired I am of irresponsible, overprivileged, loudmouthed, greasy, platform-humping nitwits; and the cults of personality that surround, fawn over, and relentlessly move Heaven and Earth to excuse and explain them.

    Edit: I've had a bath and some thoughts. Did I go overboard? I feel as though just saying "jackasses" would've probably gotten the same point across.

    14 votes
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    aphoenix
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    This is a great article on why Elon Musk is not the Hero the United States deserves; if you're on the fence about reading it, it's easy to consume and well written. However, the title (as of my...

    This is a great article on why Elon Musk is not the Hero the United States deserves; if you're on the fence about reading it, it's easy to consume and well written. However, the title (as of my writing "No, He Absolutely Isn't") is not particularly meaningful, so if you were wondering what on earth the article is about, it's a response to Elon Musk is the Hero America Deserves.

    11 votes
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      whbboyd
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      I dunno, maybe he is, in the karmic sense…

      "No, He Absolutely Isn't"

      I dunno, maybe he is, in the karmic sense…

      6 votes
      1. aphoenix
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        That's actually covered a bit in the gizmodo article itself: I don't think the Bloomberg article is being that insidious, and I realize that you're also joking, so I won't dwell on this too much...

        That's actually covered a bit in the gizmodo article itself:

        We can debate whether that’s a hidden dig at the worthiness of this lapsed country, or if recycling quotes from an overrated Batman movie says something deeper about author Ashlee Vance’s lack of imagination.

        I don't think the Bloomberg article is being that insidious, and I realize that you're also joking, so I won't dwell on this too much other than to say that the United States deserves better. It deserves better on just about every level, not just better than Musk.

        5 votes
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    Omnicrola
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    The more I learn about various captains of industry, technological leaders, etc the more I disbelieve the "great man" theory of history. They don't seem to be great human beings, they seem to be...

    The more I learn about various captains of industry, technological leaders, etc the more I disbelieve the "great man" theory of history. They don't seem to be great human beings, they seem to be people who had the personality traits that let them take advantage of, exploit, or manipulate a situation in a way that benefitted themselves. The only reason we remember them it's because they benefitted society as a side effect. They seem to all be terrible human beings.

    I could use some more really great people to look up to right now. Not perfect, not saints, just good people. Anyone want to help start a list?

    6 votes
    1. georgebcrawford
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      Keanu Reeves for his humility and reported kindness.

      Keanu Reeves for his humility and reported kindness.

      5 votes
    2. FishFingus
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      I was going to say Christopher Lee, but then I remembered he's dead, so bummer there. Tom Hanks? Tom Hiddlestone?

      I was going to say Christopher Lee, but then I remembered he's dead, so bummer there. Tom Hanks? Tom Hiddlestone?

      2 votes
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    feigneddork
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    Can't believe nobody has bought up Errol Musk raising a kid with his stepdaughter.

    Can't believe nobody has bought up Errol Musk raising a kid with his stepdaughter.

    2 votes
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      cfabbro
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      Probably because that has nothing to do with Elon. Children shouldn't be held accountable for the sins of their father (or mother). Besides, there are plenty of deplorable, unethical, and idoitic...

      Probably because that has nothing to do with Elon. Children shouldn't be held accountable for the sins of their father (or mother). Besides, there are plenty of deplorable, unethical, and idoitic things that Elon himself has done (and continues to do), which are far more worthy of raking him over the coals for.

      6 votes
      1. feigneddork
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        Fair enough. I guess because the article bought up Errol Musk and his emerald mine, but I guess that was a point to emphasise about Elon Musk himself.

        Fair enough. I guess because the article bought up Errol Musk and his emerald mine, but I guess that was a point to emphasise about Elon Musk himself.

        1 vote
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    skybrian
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    Tag is misspelled. It should be Ashlee, not Ashley.

    Tag is misspelled. It should be Ashlee, not Ashley.

    1 vote