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The day after the takeover of Twitter by the South African billionaire Elon Musk, the management of the social network summoned all of its more than five thousand employees. Audio leaks released by Project Veritas (a North American group that tries to expose progressive bias in the press) reveal that the day after the deal, there were widespread protests of dissatisfaction with the acquisition. Executives linked to “content moderation” have reportedly burst into tears, including Vijaya Gadde, a lawyer named as the main censor of the New York Post account for posting correct information about an abandoned laptop. by Hunter Biden. . , son of the president, during the campaign for the last American presidential elections. There are indications that Hunter used his father’s name for influence peddling. Vijaya is also said to have been the main mind behind the decision to ban former US President Donald Trump from the social network.
Why the crying and gnashing of teeth? One of the factors for this is that Elon Musk does not fit the prevailing ideology among Twitter employees. He criticizes “the extreme left” and “the extreme right”. However, along with serious opinions and “memes” (generally picture-based jokes), it also criticizes the increasingly popular identity among progressives, the majority within Twitter. For example, after it was revealed that rival Microsoft’s Bill Gates tried to bet against electric car maker Tesla (run by Elon) on the stock market, the South African responded with a tweet comparing Bill to the new man. emoji. Pregnant. For another joke involving a transsexual, Twitter had suspended the account of the satirical site Babylon Bee.
Sensitive interpretations of this kind of humor by identity progressives often lead to accusations of “transphobia” (bias against transsexuals), which, like other perceived or actual prejudices, a growing progressive consensus considers it exceeds the limits of freedom of expression. expression. expression. In contrast, Elon defends that Twitter has freedom of expression provided for by law, which thwarts censorship plans under the pretext of defending the “oppressed”, and he criticized the authoritarian policies of the pandemic made in the name of security.
Although some employees are excited about Twitter’s new leadership under the eccentric billionaire, the negative and even emotional responses come as no big surprise. In a 2018 survey, ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, the Center for Responsive Policy investigated campaign donations from Democratic (more progressive or pro-income redistribution) or Republican ( more conservative and pro-free market) among employees. of 05 major technology companies. Of the money donated by Twitter employees, 98.7% went to Democratic candidates. This political imbalance is second only to that of Netflix employee donations: 97.6% for Democrats. The tendency to favor this party follows in other companies: 97.5% at Apple, 91% at Google, 50.5% at Facebook, 94.7% at Microsoft, 89.3% at Amazon and 33.5% on Uber. .
At none of the other companies surveyed was there a greater share of donations to the Republican Party. The maximum observed in the proportion of donations was 18.9% at Oracle, 18.5% at Intel and 20% at HP. This distribution already highlights the reasons for the disproportion.
In 2017, software engineer James Damore was fired for writing an internal memo discussing scientific evidence for a gender difference in preferences. He was encouraged by superiors and the corporate culture, known for cultivating an open and informal culture among employees, who must “bring their whole selves to work”.
James was opposed to the practices already in place at the time, of quotas for women in certain jobs within technology which are naturally less interesting for them as a group (the interested parties would be rarer among women than among men). men). The consequence is that the dream of 50% parity for each gender ends in injustice. After being fired, James was accused of sexism by Google chief executive Sundar Pichai.
In the memo, the engineer makes a brief discussion of the personality differences between men and women that would make it more common for women to be interested in the part of information technology that deals with the user interface, called ” front end03175827″, while in men it would be more There is a common interest in heavy programming and closer to hardware, says “background”. Companies such as Oracle, Intel and HP are known to put more emphasis on background that in front endwhile the reverse is true on Twitter and Facebook.
It is possible that the rejection of Elon Musk is not only a question of politics, but a question of politics and gender: he is rejected more by women than by men. As progressivism is more attractive to a certain section of women, as it uses a rhetoric of care, rescue and empathy (even if the practical results indicate otherwise, as in the case of abortion), the political dispute may end in a sexual quarrel.
James Damore, whose outspokenness on a socially sensitive topic could be explained at least in part because he has Asperger’s Syndrome (a mild form of autism), he faced a furious cancellation involving even the most progressive scientists who study these issues of sex and behavior. But professionals like Felipe Novaes, a doctor of psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, echo Damore’s general message: “It’s very likely that the people of Silicon Valley are more open to new experiences, which facilitates adherence to progressive agendas,” Felipe told the report.
Openness to new experiences is one of the five factors of one of the most established scientific models of personality, the “Big Five” (something like “The Big Five”). “Academics and other professionals accustomed to making a living with their intellect tend to have more open personalities, and perhaps the educational process they go through stimulates even greater openness, as they learn to be guided by rationality and challenge traditions”, adds the professor. Dr. news He wonders why also autistic people like James Damore are attracted to the region: “Many people connected to technology have been socially maladjusted. I have the impression that they tend more than others to want to reform society, habits and customs, so that the world becomes more inviting for them.
About 10% of men and women do not have personality traits that differ from each other, they are at the crossroads of one sex and the other in this regard. One of the biggest known differences in interest between men and women is that they prefer working with “things” (inanimate objects, systems, etc.) and they prefer working with people and care. Personality traits also vary between progressives and conservatives: the former are more open to new experiences, the latter are more conscientious (another of the “big five” when it comes to discipline, punctuality and organization).
The study of personality, gender difference, and how these differences are dealt with in political ideologies that interpret them in radically different ways (even denying them, among more radical progressives) will yield the best answers. as to why big tech corporations, universities, Hollywood and Silicon Valley are what they are. Their low diversity of thought is not a scientifically insoluble problem.