Advance Takes on the Elon Musk interview, controversially criticized and partly responsible for Tesla’s stock price on account of his weed-smoking video stream.

The Joe Rogan Experience: Elon Musk – Podcast

Elon Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and the media lost their minds. Photos of Elon Musk looking high and out of control stole the show. In the same week we heard about some Tesla execs leaving the company, this all contributed to significant stock price drop for TSLA… But what did Musk actually say? And how did he say it? This is a must-listen podcast despite Joe Rogan’s personality.

1. “He smoked marijuana – he’s losing it.”

So this is the message the media has put out. You’ve seen the picture and you’ve heard all the fuss, but I implore you to listen to the podcast. Not only is Musk controlled and calm, he continues (in his strange nerdy way) to simplify the physics and provide honest and educational insights for everyone too lazy to get past that damn photograph… But what about his Twitter meltdown and Thai cave rescue rant? I highly recommend you read this response to the question: What’s the full story behind Elon Musk’s involvement with the Thai cave rescue? – I’m not defending him here, but I do believe in drawing back the curtains from behind the media circus out front. There’s more to almost every story.

2. The craziest experiment in human history – We must act now, and fast.

Midway through the interview Musk talks about the most pressing concern of our time, the reliance and continued over-use of fossil fuel resources. In Musk’s words: “Why run this crazy experiment, where we take trillions of tons of carbon from underground and put it in the atmosphere and oceans? This is the dumbest experiment in human history.” Profound (shouldn’t be) and blunt. But the reality is that we must stop, we must change, and everyone who has the power to change their habits should light the way for the rest of us. This is the most important thing Elon Musk is doing. Regardless of how and why, the direction he’s setting is the direction we must go. Now.

3. Okay. I’m buying a Tesla.

Unfortunately not the expensive one. 😉 Two years ago, along with a half million other people, I put down a deposit for Tesla’s first mass-market offering, the Model 3. I’m still on the waiting list for the promise of the $35K version which will not be released till 2019 – yes, that means THREE long years. Personally, that’s worked out alright. I wasn’t ready to buy a car that looks eerily similar to the small Hyundai Elantra I bought as my first car in America… And to be quite honest this is another piece of technology that will drive my wife insane.

New technology and new habits – despite them being better/safer/cleaner – are difficult for people who are not risk-taking, pain-accepting early adopters like myself. I will certainly not travel long distances with the family where we have to refuel in this whole new way. We’ll stick to pouring gallons of extremely flammable material into a fast-moving death box just like everyone else… Anyway, back to the point: I think driving a Tesla is more than just owning the coolest toy. Most of all it’s true support of a business – a movement actually – that is important to every human on this planet. And yes, it’s about supporting the nerdy, imperfect but incredible Elon Musk, who is the torch bearer. 

One last note of interest: Given that Tesla reportedly drug-tests employees working in their factories, the question of double standards comes up. It’s a fair point. But unlike workers on the floor, Elon Musk is not operating heavy machinery as part of his day to day functions. Although it probably ticks a few people off, it has obviously been blown out of proportion, and quite honestly, the publicity continues and it’s probably an overall net positive. It reeled me back kin for sure. Now, give it a listen. You won’t regret it.



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