Elon Musk's Twitter Play Is Why I'm Restarting Direct Left
Anti-left dominance on social (and traditional) media makes it more important than ever to maintain a left-focused media presence.
When Russia invaded Ukraine, I stepped back from using the words “left” and “leftism” because I felt I was contributing to leftist divisions over the war. I suspended the name ‘Direct Left’ and decided to put more positive energy into the world through music, mutual aid, etc., and to do more self-reflection.
This hiatus from 24/7 political battle has helped me regroup and refocus. I appreciate your patience and understanding as I’ve gone through this internal process.
Now, as Elon Musk toys with a Twitter takeover, and as big tech platforms cull leftist voices, it’s more important than ever to maintain a media presence on the left. In that spirit, I’m bringing back Direct Left on Substack and on Twitter. I’m also restarting my weekly conversations on Callin.
In the past few weeks, I’ve grappled with the challenge of how to play a productive political role on platforms plagued by constant trolling and venom. My conclusion: Remain laser-focused on standing with the victims of oppression and injustice, and avoid all other distractions.
Going forward, I’ll be doing just that.