Profiled By Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the company almost bought Twitter in 2017, but decided against it because “the nastiness is extraordinary.”
“I like looking at my Twitter newsfeed because I want to follow 15, 20 different subjects. Then you turn and look at your notifications and you’re immediately saying, why am I doing this? Why do I endure this pain? Like a lot of these platforms, they have the ability to do a lot of good in our world. They also have an ability to do a lot of bad. I didn’t want to take that on.”
He makes a point of liking David Portnoy’s feed, though. It’s always important to remember that guys like Iger don’t really have any public beliefs about anything, just presentations for different audiences.
I liked the phrase the Hollywood Reporter attributed to Iger regarding Twitter — that it gave him an unshakeable “feeling of dread” — but it’s not in the actual profile and I’m pretty sure he didn’t say it.
Iger’s memoirs, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO Of The Walt Disney Company [Amazon link], are out and reportedly contain a lot more about why Social Media, Especially Twitter, is Bad.
On the left is Josan Gonzalez’s illustration of Case’s headset for the Brazilian edition of Neuromancer, and on the right is a 3D-version created with Blender and Photoshop. Using this Instagram filter, you can wear the headset (with visor up or down). (via William Gibson and Vinicius Imbimbo.)
Even an hour a day is a good chunk of time to spend in your car. Why not make it feel a little bit more like home? Luckily, we’ve got a roundup of gadgets that can do just that and more – everything from high-tech air freshener alternatives to live-saving heads up displays. Spinning Car […]
There’s hardly a business out there that doesn’t use cloud storage, and a growing number of private individuals are taking advantage of it as well. Suffice to say that word gets out pretty quickly about shoddy cloud services. And conversely, you can be sure that when sites like Techradar give the New Zealand-based MEGA high […]
There’s a great deal of opportunity out there in the tech world and an increasing amount of competition. So you know your way around Python? Great. So do a lot of other coders, and they’ve probably got Java, C , and SQL on their resumes to boot. A career in programming requires up to date knowledge […]