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Dark Star

Jewish Quarterly 255

Richard Cooke

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Black Inc
01 February 2024
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"Elon Musk - head of Tesla and SpaceX and owner of Twitter - has become a neo-reactionary online troll. What has caused his troubling political transformation?

""Though he is already preparing to send astronauts to the moon, Musk has been consistently underestimated, and now the danger he presents is being underestimated as well."" -Richard Cooke

At first it was so unexpected- why was this humanity-loving unorthodox liberal visionary flirting with white nationalists and Holocaust deniers on Twitter? But over time, a sinister pattern emerged, making it impossible to ignore.

Dark Star explores the troubling political devolution of Elon Musk.

Award-winning writer Richard Cooke looks at the transformation of the world's richest person from self-described social moderate to trolling neo-reactionary and staunch advocate for hardline US conservatives. He unearths the roots of this turning in Musk's rise to power as well as in the politics of the new ""tech right"" and its adoring fanbase.

The essay also investigates an urgent question- what are the consequences for free speech - and hate speech - as Musk controls and reshapes the online town square?"

Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   55th edition
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   114g
ISBN:   9781760644345
ISBN 10:   176064434X
Pages:   112
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and is a correspondent for the Telegraph (UK) and the Straits Times (Singapore). He previously worked at the Sydney Morning Herald, covering foreign affairs and politics from Canberra and Sydney. He has worked as a correspondent in the Middle East, as well as covering various international stories, including the 2008 US election and the violence in eastern Congo. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Diplomat, Good Weekend, and the Australian Book Review, and he has been a Walkley Award finalist and United Nations Media Award winner. He was born in Sydney and studied at the University of New South Wales and Oxford University.

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