Current Events Editorial

The top story on Techmeme right now…

Thanks to Dave Playford for the find!

…is the announcement by Florida’s Karen-In-Chief Ron DeSantis with Elon “Space Karen / South Afri-Karen” Musk on an incredibly glitchy Twitter Space last night.

The audio-only stream failed after about half a million listeners tuned in, which might sound impressive if you’re technically ignorant or spinning the story. One DeSantis spokesperson vaingloriously claimed to NBC news that “Governor DeSantis broke the internet — that should tell you everything you need to know about the strength of his candidacy….!”

It seems impressive until you recall that Twitch star “TheGrefg” recently held an audio and video stream (which would use more bandwidth than audio alone) that had 1.7 million viewers — over three times the audience DeSantis’ announcement garnered.

That’s what happens when you choose a technology based on whether its owner is “on side” vs. whether it’s well-run and working well.

Also worth reading…

From The Daily Beast: Ron DeSantis’ 2024 Campaign Launch Fail Could Predict What Happens Next