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  • We all have our reasons for disliking a person in the public eye, but often the media has

  • a hand in shaping our opinion of that person.

  • The media likes nothing more than a hero-to-zero story, when the man, or woman of the hour

  • is later reduced to a villainous good for nothing.

  • But we can't always blame the press, after all, sometimes the heroes dig their own graves

  • by posting what seem like outlandish comments on their social media accounts.

  • Twitter it seems is the go-to place where this happens, a kind of dumping ground for

  • late night thoughts that could be the noose that hangs someone.

  • One errant comment could be the end of you, as Jon Ronson pointed out in his book, “So

  • You've Been Publicly Shamed.”

  • With that in mind, welcome to this episode of the Infographics Show, Why People All of

  • a Sudden Hate Elon Musk.

  • Before we get our teeth into the undoing of Elon Musk, let's first have a look at how

  • he rose to fame.

  • The young Musk grew up in South Africa, then later moved to Canada on the back of his mother's

  • Canadian passport just before he hit 18.

  • He always had a move to the U.S. in mind, though.

  • Prior to that, Musk had excelled in many respects, developing a computer program at a very young

  • age while also reading voraciously.

  • Perhaps he lived the life of what we might call a “nerd”, an unflattering term in

  • the past, although during Musk's lifetime we would experience what you could call a

  • Revenge of the Nerdsas those young folks studying computer technology would become

  • some of the most powerful people in the world.

  • Nonetheless, life was tough for Musk as a kid.

  • He was bullied and at one point was thrown down some stairs by his school enemies.

  • This is a scene that has been talked about in the press numerous times, something we

  • can't discount when we talk about his rise to fame.

  • He was an underdog, and the American media, as most media, loves the narrative of a downtrodden

  • nobody rising from the ashes.

  • Musk has said in interviews that one of the reasons he was besotted with science was because

  • he wanted to be involved with humanity's progression, the survival of our species.

  • He has said he wanted to prolong civilization, and as best he could, help divert humanity

  • from entering another dark age.

  • This is highly commendable, but as we shall later see, these noble sentiments have also

  • been part of his downfall.

  • Inside the U.S., Musk powered along in the business world.

  • He created the company Zip2 with his brother when he was just 24 years old.

  • For his efforts, around 4 years later he walked out of the sale of that company with around

  • $22 million.

  • But he is better known for the online payments company PayPal, which, when it was sold, gave

  • him around $165 million.

  • The young man had done well for himself, but he still wasn't a routine feature in the

  • public's eye.

  • He was an up and comer, an intrepid entrepreneur with a failing head of hair that looked like

  • it was about to take off with the rest of his big ideas.

  • There is a saying that goes, “Grass doesn't grow on a busy street,” meaning people that

  • think a lot might tend to go bald.

  • Only bald men say this of course, but Musk defied nature, something he has been doing

  • his entire life.

  • His hair grew back, perhaps with the aid of science, not broccoli, and his face was about

  • to become a staple in our lives.

  • We must blast through his career right now as this is not an Elon Musk bio.

  • The seemingly unstoppable entrepreneur then created Space X.

  • He renewed the public's fascination with space exploration.

  • He launched rockets into space and sent vehicles to the International Space Station.

  • He promised us a colony on Mars, a future of space travel for everyone, not just astronauts.

  • Perhaps his crowning glory, at least in terms of his celebrity, was when he launched one

  • of his own Tesla cars into space as a dummy payload.

  • Was there nothing this man couldn't do?

  • Tesla was creating futuristic cars, developing self-driving technology at a speed as fast

  • as anyone else.

  • He promised us a place in space after we had destroyed planet Earth.

  • In the meantime, he was developing technologies for cleaner power, trying to relieve some

  • of the stress of our congested streets by digging holes underground where we would ride

  • in capsules to our destinations.

  • For the good of mankind, he created OpenAI, which was in place to talk about the good,

  • bad and ugly of artificial intelligence going forward.

  • He kept to his promise, in that his mind was focused on creating technologies that helped

  • mankind, that served progression, the betterment of civilization, that averted all-out destruction,

  • and didn't only serve mankind's principle religion: Money.

  • Elon Musk became a Greek God, sat up there on tech's Mount Olympus; except he was a

  • rebellious God, part Dionysian, different from his Apollonian counterparts, the nice

  • but dry tech Gods of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos.

  • So, where did it all go wrong?

  • Well, you could say some things were gradual and others sent him right into media Hades.

  • While Musk's warnings regarding end-of-world scenarios were to some people very important,

  • if you follow the tech media you'll see over a few years his sandwich boardIt's

  • the end of the world as we know itforecast started to grate on people.

  • Musk predicted that global warming might end us all.

  • As for advanced tech, he once said, “competition for AI at national levels will most likely

  • cause WW3.”

  • He also said, “Something strange has to happen to civilizations, and I mean strange

  • in a bad way.”

  • There is nothing wrong with having concerns, but we all know that people have been predicting

  • the end of time since time began.

  • Before Musk really fell from the public's graces, he had already become a doomsday prepper,

  • and to the public, and even science, his bleak outlook was somewhat hysterical.

  • What annoyed people even more was that he was the man to save the world, which critics

  • said was certainly a Greek God complex.

  • Still, to others the scenario of catastrophic global warming, a world war to finish us off

  • for good, or creating machines that are far more intelligent than us which soon start

  • to find our company boring, well, Musk sermons were not exactly out of touch with reality.

  • It's just preachers of doom don't often go well with one's cornflakes in the morning;

  • we don't all want another Dark Ages shoved down our throats as we get on the bus to work.

  • The great technologist was becoming a thorn in some people's sides, and not many people

  • like being preached to by billionaires who have answers to all our problems.

  • Musk needed allies, and he didn't have that many.

  • He was still a tech rebel with a cause, but his pessimism didn't have much virtual funding.

  • His predictions and confident solutions seemed hubristic, and hubris always ends with a fall,

  • it's a zero-sum game.

  • And when you act like you are bullet proof, above the Gods even, people will only kick

  • you when you are down.

  • But that wasn't his downfall.

  • That was only the beginning, a nascent thread that Musk was, unbeknownst to him, unwinding.

  • While Musk's companies Tesla and SpaceX didn't exactly have a smooth ride, the fact

  • that he dug his feet in only served his greatness.

  • But then in 2018, the year Musk admitted had been the hardest year for him so far, he started

  • to make things harder for himself.

  • Like many others before him, Musk took to Twitter to air some views, and those views

  • went down like the Space Shuttle Challenger.

  • Where do we start?

  • Forgive us our non-linear timeline.

  • In terms of business, and not so much pubic image, Musk delivered a blow to himself when

  • in August 2018 he tweeted that he was going to take Tesla private.

  • It was almost a done deal.

  • Except it wasn't, and Tesla stocks went all over the place.

  • Musk was investigated.

  • What was he up to?

  • In one interview he even said it could have been the drug Ambien that made him tweet that.

  • One thing was for certain, the man was likely overworked.

  • He seemed unstable.

  • It wasn't that there wasn't a chance of his company going private, but it was far

  • from a done deal.

  • Cracks had been showing in Musk for a while, and perhaps this high-flying Phoenix was heading

  • downhill.

  • But as we say, as far as public image goes, as far as gossip went, this transgression

  • wasn't that bad.

  • He'd done worse.

  • Perhaps the nadir of his tweeting life, the one thing that singularly turned a God into

  • a mere man, a man who is just as childish and prone to silly verbal spillages as any

  • other man, was when he called a British cave diver a pe

  • This wasn't just any cave diver, this was a man who was an integral part of rescuing

  • 12 Thai soccer players from a cave.

  • A story that held the world's attention.

  • A story that could be said to have been the biggest media event of the year.

  • It was a get your tissues out tale; it involved heroism, bravery, luck, the combined effort

  • of countries that for a few days worked in unisonand Mr. Musk, he called one of the

  • starring heroes a pemo

  • Why?

  • Who knows.

  • The diver had no criminal record of such acts and was happily married to a Thai woman that

  • was certainly no child.

  • It looked like sour eggs as the diver had told Musk that his Boring Company-made mini-submarine

  • was just an impractical device to help save the kids.

  • The genius had become human, and a hot-tempered, puerile human at that.

  • The world-saver became belligerent after he was rebuffed because his device wasn't able

  • to save 12 kids.

  • In terms of his public image, Musk became a mini-monster overnight.

  • Who was this guy?

  • A well-intentioned genius or a cantankerous clown, perhaps someone we didn't know after

  • all.

  • His story to some extent mirrored that of Dorian Gray.

  • He apologized for his offensive remarks, and then later said something much more offensive

  • to Buzzfeed, who published his words.

  • If there was a fiend behind the facade of Elon Musk, he certainly seemed real enough

  • when he appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast in September 2018.

  • But by coming out as just one of us, a regular guy, taking a pull of Rogan's joint, he

  • also destroyed his own myth.

  • His critics say taking some weed from the often badly-behaved bro-like fighter/comedian

  • was bad for business, but we can't give Musk a hard time about that seeing as drinking

  • alcohol is a right of passage in the USA and statistically, undoubtedly, tried and testedly,

  • it's much more dangerous to people and society than cannabis is.

  • Still, others said Musk only showed how unstable he had become.

  • He didn't let up on the end of the world stuff, and Rogan was reverential throughout,

  • not daring to ask any questions that didn't deflate the genius of Musk.

  • Nonetheless, Musk had the courage to do the show.

  • From the beginning, he has been a man that has walked to the beat of his own drum.

  • He has done things that will go down in history, and as we know, many geniuses, great artists,

  • wise folks and creative iconoclasts, don't act like performing monkeys, they don't

  • move like rats in a Skinner box.

  • They upturn apple carts and sometimes can be intemperate, confounding, contradicting.

  • Maybe the public can't always have its own way, and Elon Musk wouldn't be the man he

  • is if he wasn't sat there on the geek's Mount Olympus acting up and being outrageous

  • at times.

  • If he is not exactly favored in the hearts and minds of the public right now, perhaps

  • he might also rise from the ashes.

  • We won't tell you what we think, but would like to ask you what you think about Elon

  • Musk and what's been going on lately with him.

  • Tell us in the comments.

  • Also, be sure to check out our other video Elon Musk vs Average American.

  • Thanks for watching, and as always, don't forget to like, share and subscribe.

  • See you next time.

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