He’s PewDiePie and there’s a slightly older 9-yr old army (although his 9 yr old army was 10 years ago come to think of it)
I judge him ’cause he’s my age – six months older than me. I’m usually more forgiving of people outside of the nearby range of my age but within this range, I judge.
Where you have to look for actual influence, is outside of his fandom. Take away his twitter personality and his public relations jibe and look at how he’s seen from a business and regulatory POV. How is he received in the communities his businesses operate in? How do various regulatory commissions view him? What about competitors in his various brick-and-morter companies: Is he seen as a serious threat?
His #1 brand isn’t any of his companies: it’s his persona.
He’s currently (past week or so) leaning into the Dr. Oz direction at the moment; This is no surprise but I’m a bit disappointed.
I dunno. I’m glad you see something here.
I got on a campaign a few years back to destroy all my heroes as a cleansing. A few of them were harder than others. It didn’t mean I didn’t respect them but I had to find ways to stop adoring them; it was a personal challenge, although I miss their status a bit sometimes.
But in my case, they were truly dead idols; no longer alive, childhood heroes; Carl Sagan, George Carlin, Mr. Rogers, Douglas Adams, Joseph Campbell – there’s just a few of them. They all died long ago and what point was there in looking up at a sanitized fantasy public relations view; fictions played by real people.
Arguably, Musk is alive and so you’re having hope in a current person whose future and yours may align in some fantastical way somehow perhaps – some “this is what I was waiting for” moment years or decades down the line perhaps. So that’s a different scenario.