A very real, very accurate depiction (pic: Metro.co.uk)
Elon Musk has been called out over posting a screenshot of an article without crediting the source, leading to an online breakdown.
The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, posted a snippet of a Zodiac Killer comedy article to his Twitter earlier this week, without saying where it came from – which has raised the question of properly crediting creators online.
After posting the tweet, the editor of the website it came from asked why any reference to the publication had been cut out of the headline. Musk retorted that it was a ‘6/10’ joke and to ‘get off the high horse’.
Following this, the response from the website included jabs at his popularity and lack of comedic skills, after his dud performance on Saturday Night Live last year.
Most recently, he’s been tangled in a web of confusion over his supposed plans to buy Twitter and is seemingly trying to back out of the $44 billion purchase after stock at Tesla and Twitter began to tank due to his announcement. He’s also being sued by investors due to alleged stock manipulation.
The joke in question surrounded the Zodiac Killer’s cryptic messages that have never been fully solved and how video player VLC can read just about anything.
Hard Drive, a comedy and parody video game website similar to The Onion, took to Twitter, after being told to back down by the billionaire, with another article about how Musk is only going to Mars because no one likes him on Earth.
During the exchange, Musk claimed that they didn’t know comedy due to them being ‘woke’.
Man crying online (pic: Twitter)
In the aftermath of being upstaged by Hard Drive, Musk has since deleted the tweet and posted a tweet about how he’s being tested, which the editor of Hard Drive has taken as a win over the establishment.
With all this said and done, it does raise the question about crediting on the internet. As jokes and memes take a life of their own (just see the Binley Mega Chippy madness), it’s only websites like Know Your Meme that attempt to trace back their lineage.
Elon has previously been called out on Twitter for doing this exact thing, by posting uncredited art to his millions of followers.