Listen: Jack Dorsey: super influencer or troubled soul?
"Twitter. Chief Jack Dorsey has been hailed by Silicon Valley acolytes his personal fitness regime, but others question, whether he really merits, the role of a wellness guru Horatio Harrod discusses whether the Dulcie regime is worth emulating and what might be motivating his ascetic lifestyle with Joe Ellison. So obviously, for most of the people listening, Jack doesn't really need much of an introduction, 'cause he cofounded Twitter and the mobile payments company square. But why are you writing about him to in your recent column? I was writing about Jack Dorsey on the basis of the fact that he's been held as a super influenced by his Silicon Valley tribe of acolytes, and there was a big profile, I think, in the New York Times, but also kind of increasingly on other platforms, sort of hailing, his wellness regime in and also talking about the fact that he has become, you know, this character who has the same sort of power and influence as Gwyneth Paltrow, who we all know founded the wellness and pug, oop. So I thought he was an interesting person to look out because it just struck me that a lot of his advice seemed quite extreme, and I thought it was interesting that, if you're looking at it on the basis of gender. A man who comes up with a ten point plan includes extreme fall staying and depriving yourself of low of things should be seen as a kind of heroic manly endeavor of self discovery. But if it was a woman should be just discussed as kind of bats. I mean you know that. Well, don't you because when you interviewed Gwyneth Paltrow, flinch FT early this year. You know, you've got a few comments accusing her of being a sort of snake oil, saleswoman, very different sort of response to her wellness tips and stuff. She puts on group. I mean, I think generally anything where a woman is advocating healthy practice, or some sort of tree hit. But all, you know as someone who works in fashion, where I think, beauty and style, a very much of wrapped up in the same topic. There's a real hostility towards a lot of people advocating an extreme lifestyle pan and Gwyneth got a huge amount of very, very, very hostile Comanche under the. Which I did. And they really, really resented, her advocating anything radio, she they just thought she was crackers and also the other thing, which I thought was interesting as, as an actress, what does she know about this cheat doesn't have the right? Whereas Dulcie, who is to intensive his attack onto knows less than nothing also. But for some reason when he tells everybody he gets up at five am and jumps into freezing cold ball. It seems perfectly acceptable, and it was just us of weird guru status immense seem to have without any founding qualification whatsoever. Seems to be especially the dudes of Silicon Valley. They get away with quite a lot of what in if it were more of a female lifestyle context, would be seen as either very silly and frivolous poorly informed. That seems to be like people are in thrall to men with money and power. And I think that can just tip into a much broader kind of relation where it doesn't seem to matter what they do. I mean, if he suddenly sti- peg football, he probably be a brilliant, footballer. It's a kind of seduction. I mean there. Fan, boys. I mean, I know the west coast of America is oversee worth fatty diets sort of guy, an those long long decades on history of slightly with mystical, kind of quays. I religious of practice goes on. But I think that particularly now these tech gurus of merge, these tech leaders ever merged increasingly focused on how to make you a better person rather than there are about how to make a much let letting leads money because that seems to be what is actually very good. His voice loan, what new up and coming company. Would you invest in bitcoin? Awesome. You know, about the virtues of journaling, which is a fourteen year old, that's one of his eleven wellness tips or infrared, saunas. And why should an infrared bow, but your desk, minutes, all such hokum as well? I mean some of these things have got a modicum of medical evidence to support them in their favor. But lots of them are completely groundless. I mean, I have no idea whether there's any academic study that suggests that drinking salt juice. Use as he calls it, which is, I think lemon Himalayan salt water, which distributes in his Twitter offsets globally will do any tool or just make vomit. But the idea that someone could implement this in their offices, and everyone thinks this is a great idea, and not just say you're crackers, just seems I it just seems like typical of the gender gender-bias. We have, but people listen, calm being kind of a rabid feminist about these things, but I really feel as though people are inherently quite naive and the other thing about Jack Dorsey regimen, which I think, for me was particularly poignant is that in reading about it, the first thing I thought, when I was reading through the specifics of what he does his seven-minute high intensity workout his five mile walk toward that takes him an hour and a half. It's freezing cold buff, that all very self controlled, and quite punishing behavior, especially the fasting when she does from Friday until Sunday. So this, actually, it was very reminiscent of the sort of schedule. You might read over anorexic, who is in care, like a young girl. And if. She was exhibiting these behaviors you'd be genuinely quite concerned about her. It certainly thinks she was or he was putting too much pressure on themselves. And that was the other thing that just struck me as that anorexia or he's got an eating disorder. This is not healthy and you would Li certainly from the New York Times, piece, anecdotally, it seems that all of the things that he's recommending the infrared, Sooners the era sleep tracker which Prince Harry also were supposedly sales have skyrocketed since he mentioned them. So it seems like people really, really buy it. People just have a very different attitude intensive influence. I mean, going to culture can also shift, you know, she shifted courts eggs, which I think there was sexual healing eggs, or something she did get sued and had to pay a fine for claiming so but subsequently the sales of it still continue to rise. So she similarly has the power to create a bit of Rudra around a product with really, really sort of GPS values, but I think the something about that very powerful. Male leader who does the Ted talk. They take on this woman slight respite and like reputation. I mean, I think, historically, there have been people who held as kind of positions. I just think it's interesting that the most recent incarnation is this forty two year old tech entrepreneur and the other thing that we noticed today is that I think as of last year, he had a twenty three or girlfriend who was a Sports Illustrated model. And actually, when you think about it like that, he's just go having a kind of crushing midlife crisis was that was that was the conclusion, we did a lifespan the dramatic weight loss kind of obsession with physical appearance like the long kind of bid, the disguises bits of your face is so Mangone. This is this isn't about wellness is just about wanting to make an hot next year. Much, much younger more attractive girlfriend. But there was it was. So another point I think you made in your column, which was the, you know, he doesn't look and this is going to sound very sort of code psychology just doesn't look very happy. But it's interesting, do you think? There's a kind of elements of an incredibly wealthy successful porno kind of doing penance for either being successful, particularly being successful with Twitter because it's become oversee a platform that so controversial, and people took about him as basically make you fortune from helping to propagate hate speech, or allowing hate speech to ferment on his platform. I think if I was a hang at him as I called psychologist, which is what will like to do try and analyze what's going on? He doesn't look to me, like a person who is slightly enveloped in kind of shame buys person. You know, he looks almost unrecognizable he wears closed that swallow him. He has this huge curtain of hair across most of his face. And whereas it beanie hat and he does look sort of haunted. He sending doesn't let like a guy living as best life, and I like to think that some of that is possibly a physical manifestation of his unease around the thing that he's created. And I think, you know, social media Twitter, Facebook. Have had this extraordinary ROY of late where they're being they're being held up Jack Dorsey and his like a big held up for the world's ills and I think his strange retreat into this quasar religious slightly remote isolated status. It just doesn't reflect a very healthy mindset to me. I think he seems a bit like a man in retreat."