Spotify, Joe Rogan and the Profitability Of Stupidity
As I was deleting my Spotify app, I was thinking about the fact how never in the history of human civilization, can saying something demonstrably wrong and stupid kill so many people and make so much money.
I can’t hate Joe Rogan because Joe Rogan is an idiot. Anyone with more than fifty brain cells can see that in twenty seconds of his show. Anyone with more than fifty brain cells is also incapable of watching more than twenty seconds of his show. He is a man with brain damage that can only be liked by people with brain damage. The problem is that America thanks to crappy education and a lot of football and UFC, has a lot of people with few brain cells and a lot of brain damage. This fact creates a lot of fans for Joe Rogan and a lot of money for Spotify.
People at Spotify are not stupid they just lack a moral compass. They know that what Joe Rogan spreads can influence a lot of people who will follow his advice to the detriment of their health and health of those around them. But they don’t care. They prefer to make money, they prefer to be liked by the massive idiot army that loves Joe. This is why I can hate them. Joe is not aware of his choices, they are. Joe does not have responsibility, Spotify does.
After January 6th, a lot of companies woke up to the effect they have, the power they have and the responsibility they have. It was Twitter that acted first, by kicking out Trump . To their surprise and no one else’s, they are fine. They are still in business and losing money just as they did when Trump was using their platform (because their engineers are not paid to innovate). Facebook and Instagram also survived. Taking down hateful and antidemocratic content has not ruined these companies, because they are monopolies. Now these companies still refuse to take down hateful anti-Jewish content while banning any Jew who says something about that antisemitism by claiming Islamophobia, but hey, at least it’s a start.
Unlike the other platforms, Spotify have been playing dumb. They played dumb because no one really noticed that they are paying 100 million dollars to Joe Rogan to say dangerous things that cost people lives. They figured that they would get away with it until Neil Young, a musician with common sense decided to put the choice in front of them: play my music that makes you money, gives joy and meaning, or make millions of dollars off an idiot who says stupid things that kill people. Spotify made a choice. Willingly, knowingly.
Thinking more about what they did, Spotify is just a symbol of the times. Corporations run by smart people who would never allow their kids to listen to Joe Rogan, would never allow Joe into their homes, allow Joe to speak using their platform because that is what makes money. They see that content kills teenagers but they push it anyway. They see that their algorithm cause atrocities, but they keep them running. It is the decisions to make money even if those decisions kill people or destroy environment or destroy the world.
This is the reality of today, people rely not on their moral compass, not on the idea of right and wrong, but the idea that if the State allows it, if there is no law to stop me from doing something stupid or dangerous, and it makes money, that means it is ok. It means it is not their responsibility or fault. Of course, should the state try to intervene and make a law, the same people claim over reach.
And that’s how the world ends. That’s how tragedy happens. When smart people allow themselves to not do the right thing. When smart people who know better chose to let evil happen because no one else is stopping them or the evil. Each person that commits that act of non-action, adds to the chain of events that create death, chaos and suffering.
But I don’t have to. And that’s why I deleted Spotify.