Joe Rogan and Elon Musk have had an interesting relationship over the last few years. After that whole weed-smoking incident on Musk's first appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, people wondered whether the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO would ever return. He has since returned multiple times and it seems like Rogan and Musk are good friends.
Both of these blokes also have a bit of a rough time in the press, with people like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson disowning Rogan over claims of "misinformation" (whatever that's supposed to mean) and Elon Musk basically becoming a s**tposter on Twitter. Now, whilst rumors of Rogan's death are also circling the internet, Joe Rogan has spoken out about Elon Musk's recent purchase of Twitter shares.
Around a week ago, Elon Musk purchased about nine percent of Twitter's share portfolio, potentially giving him a huge amount of influence over the company. The big question here is the extent to which Elon Musk's purchase will give him influence over the company's practices. After sharing his profound affection for Elon Musk, Mr Rogan went ahead and asked a very pertinent question on his podcast last week...
Rogan Asks Whether Musk Will Be "Listened To"
After calling Elon Musk a "wizard" on Episode 1803 of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan expressed his interest in the Twitter acquisition. Commenting on the fact that Elon Musk has expressed interest in implementing an edit button on Twitter, Joe Rogan said the following...
I’m interested to see because I hear they’re going to put an edit button in now, that was one of the things he suggested...
It would be interesting to find out whether this will make much of a difference in Twitter's ability to combat so-called "misinformation" without needing to ban accounts. The issue in question came to a head early in 2021, after then-US-President Donald Trump being banned on Twitter after the January 6 Capital Building attacks.
The question, though, is whether this nine percent stake will have any effect whatsoever. It is, of course, not a majority holding so may not necessarily mean that Twitter needs to listen to his requests.
If he’s actually listened to, and I don’t know how much power a person who is worth nine percent has over a company, but do they have to listen to him? Do they have to listen to him in terms of like whether they want to ban people?
So what does all of this mean for Twitter, Rogan, and Musky? Well, Joe Rogan and Elon Musk are clearly good buddies (a fact that is incredibly clear if you ever actually listen to the Joe Rogan Experience), and Elon Musk may have a bit of influence here. As a major shareholder, his requests carry weight. They don't necessarily "have" to take them into account, but if they want to keep his money... then they probably need to at least listen to him.