While a good number of gamers are getting hooked on the Goat Simulator 3 no sensethe real world has decided to give us something that doesn’t differ much from all this: a statue of Elon Musk in the shape of a goat appeared on the streets of Texas and in between is the world of cryptocurrencies. Yes, you read right.
The statue in the shape of a goat
The news, also reported by Washington Postis doing the rounds of the Web and sees the center a story that is absurd on several fronts. Reference is not only made to the statue itself, which, as you can see in the videos below, depicts a “goat” Elon Musk aboard a rocket with “interesting features”, but also to whoever organized all of this.
Initially it was thought to be yet another gimmick by the same entrepreneur, but it was later discovered that it’s all the work of a cryptocurrency company. The latter, who is trying to use Elon’s name to promote herself, tried to deliver the huge statue to the Tesla Gigafactory in Austin (Texas) on Saturday 26 November 2022, defining the latter as the ” Goatsgiving”.
There is in between attempting to promote a token, as well as to “pay homage” to the contribution made by Musk in the crypto field. However, it seems that he is trying to bet on visibility of Elon without a consensus of the latter. On the other hand, the crypto token linked to the whole hasn’t seen much growth recently and it seems that Musk himself is avoiding “promoting” it, so much so that he has not even shared a photo of the statue.
Not surprisingly, the Wall Street Journal he headlined his article on the affair “Crypto entrepreneurs fail to capture Elon Musk’s attention with a goat statue from $600,000“. According to the creators, everything would only represent a tribute: the rocket is linked to SpaceX, while the goat is related to the term GOAT, or “Greatest Of All Time” (“the best of all time”).
Kevin Stone, the Canadian sculptor who crafted the statue, said he initially thought no one would commission such a “crazy project” but Musk himself. 600 working hours after that, the statue took shape. The US company Spectacle thought about it to design goat and rockets, for a promotional attempt so absurd as to be worthy of a Goat Simulator 3 gameplay.
The Twitter Matters
Elon Musk is a “tornado” though and therefore the events to which he is linked in these hours certainly do not end here, even if the goat-shaped statue is undoubtedly attracting attention in an important way. While being discussed, as reported by 9to5Macof the alleged data involved in a Twitter data breaches which took place before the acquisition of Musk (in recent days, however, a security expert claimed that his account would have been suspended following tweets related to the story), the “fight against Big Tech” is becoming more and more concrete in the USA .
In this regard, as reported by EngadgetSenator Ed Markey of Massachusetts asked Congress to pass new legislation, specifically referring to the fact that Musk allegedly refused to provide information. In fact, the senator claims to have sent the entrepreneur a letter containing questions related to Twitter’s verification system. However, Musk would not respond within the deadline.
Markey therefore stated that “Congress must end theera of Big Tech’s failed self-regulation and pass laws that put user safety above the whims of billionairesThe senator reportedly sent the letter on November 11, 2022, and Musk would have had until November 25, 2022 to respond. The entrepreneur left some “reply” tweets following Markey sharing a copy of the letter, but the CEO mostly “joked” the situation, leading the senator to leave an ultimatum to Elon Musk: “Fix your companies or Congress will“.
Meanwhile, as reported by SlashGear And Media Mattersreports are starting to emerge that, in less than a month, about half of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers would have dropped out the platform. On the other hand, there has been discussion for some time about the flight of advertisers from Twitter, which is causing many “headaches” to the social network of chirps.
Another important issue for Twitter is clearly that relating to employees. In this context, as reported by The Verge And The Irish TimesSinead McSweeney, global vice president of public policy at Twitter’s Irish headquarters, is alleged to have obtained from the Dublin High Court a temporary injunction not to be fired.
McSweeney said he no longer had access to his work accounts and could no longer travel to Twitter’s Dublin office, this after failing to respond positively to Musk’s now well-known ultimatum on hard work. Simply put, anyone who didn’t press “Yes” on the form attached to the appropriate email sent by the CEO regarding Twitter’s new “extremely hardcore” vision was considered out of the company.
McSweeney, who says he didn’t respond positively to the email as it didn’t accord with what Musk outlined, also said the CEO’s planned severance package would not be in line with his “contractual rights”. Judge Brian O’Moore granted the injunction on November 25, 2022: the court will review the case shortly, but in the meantime there has been a first “victory” for McSweeney.
In short, when Musk is involved, you can expect anything, even within a few hours. How will the issues addressed here evolve? Will the CEO finally “accept” the goat statue or avoid talking about it? What will happen to Twitter? We can only watch.