Joe Rogan, Jack Dorsey, Tim Pool, and Vijaya Gadde on the Joe Rogan Experience
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The Problem with Jack Dorsey’s Vision for Twitter

A response to the Joe Rogan Experience interview with Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde, and Tim Pool.

I’m beginning to think that the root of Twitter’s problems is Jack Dorsey’s desire for “healthy conversation.” This is a noble, but impossible goal.

We are, by our very nature, irrational beings. Our moods vary. Our ideas differ. We’re not always good at expressing ourselves. This is not a “Twitter” problem; this is a “human” problem. Unhealthy conversations are part of being human, and any rule which tries to enforce “healthy” conversations therefore runs counter to human nature.

This is why Twitter’s current systems can sometimes feel oppressive. When an entity tries to enforce an idyllic system that runs counter to our competitive, irrational nature, it always ends in oppression. Take communism, for example. The goal of communism is absolute equality for all. Another noble, but impossible goal. It runs counter to human nature. And this is why communism always ends in oppression.

Joe Rogan Highlights the Problem with Jack Dorsey’s Vision

In an ideal world, Twitter would be full of healthy conversations. In an ideal world, we would only desire those conversations. But the former can only come from the latter. The content of a discussion has to be left up to the people within it. The power to decide what you hear and from whom you hear it must be in your hands alone.

The most telling exchange was this: When Joe Rogan asks Jack about a “path to redemption,” Jack responds, “There’s redemption, and there’s rehabilitation.”

Jack is not trying to create a better platform; he’s trying to create better people. Listen to what he says with this in mind, and the “contradictions” pointed out by Tim Pool start to make sense.

This doesn’t make Jack a bad person—far from it. Again, it is a noble goal in theory. But you have to ask yourself: “What does it entail?” Because to force humans to be anything else but human is oppression.

Tyler Watkins graduated magna cum laude and with Honors with a BA in Psychology from the University of Iowa. He has since worked in the fields of medical and psychological research at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the University of Iowa. Now pursuing a career as a writer, he's published in Quillette, Intellectual Conservative, and Areo Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @WatkinsDoOp

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