The Tesla echo chamber
This post will offer a few thoughts on how and why people come to consider it better to fight against accurate information than to accept its veracity.
Elon Musk has quite a few things right, that’s a given. He has offered his time, energy, and considerable skill set to fighting a battle which — in my estimation and in the apparent view of millions of others — needs to be fought.
But he’s human, and he appears unwilling to accept his very human shortcomings.
People will jump all over me for pointing out the above facts, and the chief reason is almost certainly related to the false dichotomies under which we tend to live. Something we do, at the end of the day, for self-preservation.
Nowadays, there is just too much information for a single human being to sensibly process. Thus we understand our snippets and we go about our lives. Not exactly in an “echo chamber” but in a place we can derive sufficient enjoyment from. A place we can find tolerable. A place where our endocrine systems don’t drive us mad.
I feel badly for Elon. I saw the Third Row Podcast and he showed some signs of serious strain. I’m not at all intending to add to that strain — at least not in a long term fashion. I’m trying to provide some insights he needs to subtly alter the trajectory of a company which the entire world is essentially relying on.
Without Tesla, we’re cooked.
I think probably a few people know what I’m talking about. While the company does make brilliant products, and while Elon himself has contributed great genius to its upward progression, what is needed now is consumer confidence beyond anything else. And in order to achieve that, the company needs to offer its customers more respect rather than less.
My life is going to be considerably different now that I’ve got all the background dirt I need to make sure the company’s weaknesses are amply understood by anyone who cares. I actually do know more about the company and the way it is positioned to help or hurt the future of the world than virtually anyone alive.
That isn’t arrogance. It’s careful and methodical study that no one else has done, and study that I can prove with relevant facts and figures.
How is it that Tesla has disregarded the work of Eric Hittinger and Ines Azevedo?
Bulk Energy Storage Increases United States Electricity System Emissions
Eric S. Hittinger*,† and Ineŝ M. L. Azevedo‡
How is it that a person like me, with no special talent aside from patience and willingness to gather information and piece it together, can easily determine that opportunity cost analysis proves beyond any doubt that major management decisions at Tesla are in some cases quite ill-advised?
Do I need to post a 75 minute video of the conversation I had in Professor Hittinger’s office at RIT?
No one would watch it anyway, because the bulk of you are all doing the same thing I am: mastering what information you can master and trying to live your life.
It’s just that I’m making it very difficult for you to do so comfortably, because I have massive quantities of data that you couldn’t possibly have. You have lives, I really kind of don’t.
I’m not willing to gamble the future of the world on even such a well-meaning genius as Elon Musk. Not when I can prove he’s mistaken on a variety of different things. Not just because everyone will probably incorrectly think I’m after money just like every other person who doesn’t understand what cryptocurrency means continues to think.
In ten years or less, money isn’t going to be relevant. It’s hardly relevant now. In ten years, we might well have made this planet our last kiss goodbye, and even though I know that and also know the reasons why far better than the hundredth millionth fraction of people in the world, I’m content for you to think I’m crazy — to think that the urgency I’m talking about isn’t worth asking Elon to fly out to Buffalo on a Sunday.
By any means legal and necessary will I get this particular job done, and it won’t even matter whether the whole world decides to call me crazy, which it most assuredly will not. A few still DO get it.
I asked for open communications, and I will eventually get them regardless of what anyone thinks and even regardless of whether I wind up dead in the process. I have organized and distributed what I know sufficiently to ensure that it outlives me. The only thing that matters at this point is how fast we act on it. And even though that doesn’t require Elon to waste his Sunday on a plane, how would one contact such a person when no one remotely close to him is capable of even understanding what I’m talking about — aside from perhaps Steve Jurvetson?
I haven’t and don’t need to ask for money. This isn’t another Vern Unsworth situation. Vern is an idiot, and everyone who knows about that situation knows he’s an idiot. It didn’t take a court to prove that.
I think probably at least a handful of people understand this, but those who don’t — those Tesla supporters like Rick Bollar in Southlake, Texas who I implored for expert assistance multiple times last week and who wouldn’t even answer a text despite that he let me stay in his house for over a week, teach a class to an entire sixth grade section at his son’s school, had his lovely wife Leesa bake me a birthday cake, and hosted a party in my honor when I visited Texas for the first time…
Well, I’ll just say this: If you think I’m crazy then you should prepare yourself to be proven wrong, because you are definitely going to be proven wrong and it’s not going to take more than about a week, provided your attention span lasts at least that long.
Thanks for the read.