Episode 124

TikTok, Right to be Rude, College Degree Requirements

Ravi, Rikki, and Joe start by stitching in their opinions on TikTok, as the social media platform’s CEO Shou Chew prepares to testify before Congress. Then we turn to Southborough, Massachusetts, where a woman sued her local select board and won in state Supreme Court, striking down the town’s civility code as unconstitutional after getting into a spat and calling a board member “a Hitler” during public comment. Finally, the trio talk about college degree requirements and whether Joe should regret majoring in philosophy.


TikTok [01:27]

Exclusive: TikTok’s CEO on the App’s Future in the U.S. (WSJ/The Journal., 3/20/23)
TikTok CEO’s Message to Washington: A Sale Won’t Solve Security Concerns (Wall Street Journal, 3/16/23)
Pulling the Plug on TikTok Will Be Harder Than It Looks (The New York Times, 3/21/23)
As Senate pushes a ban, what will happen to TikTok? (CBS, 3/21/23)
U.S. Threatens Ban if TikTok’s Chinese Owners Don’t Sell Stakes (Wall Street Journal, 3/15/23)
Justice Dept. Investigating TikTok’s Owner Over Possible Spying on Journalists (The New York Times, 3/17/23)
How TikTok broke social media (The Economist, 3/21/23)
TikTok caught in US-China battle over its powerful algorithm (Financial Times, 3/22/23)
9 questions about the threats to ban TikTok, answered (Vox, 3/16/23)
What TikTok does to your mental health (The Guardian, 10/30/22)
TikTok Spied on Forbes Journalists (Forbes, 12/22/22)
What a TikTok ban would mean for users (NBC, 3/18/23)
China Says It Opposes a Forced Sale of TikTok (Wall Street Journal, 3/23/23)
Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce (Shou Chew, Written Testimony, 3/23/23)
Finding a Buyer for TikTok May Not Be So Easy (The New York Times, 3/16/23)
TikTok bans spread globally (Axios, 3/21/23)

Right to be Rude [23:20]

Residents’ Right to Be Rude Upheld by Massachusetts Supreme Court (The New York Times, 3/17/23)
Massachusetts Protects the Right to Be ‘Rude’ in Town Meetings (Brennan Center, 3/14/23)
Free speech or out of order? As meetings grow wild, officials try to tame public comment (Washington Post, 1/17/23)
School boards get death threats amid rage over race, gender, mask policies (Reuters, 2/15/22)
Managing Angry Mobs Disrupting Governing Board Meetings (Institute for Local Government, 3/22)
Citizens can be rude in public meetings, Mass. high court rules (Morning Brew, 3/17/23)
Court Rules Being Rude to Politicians is Protected Speech (The Young Turks/YouTube, 3/18/23)
SJC says it’s OK to be ‘rude’ at public meetings (Commonwealth Magazine, 3/9/23)
Angry, violent, toxic: How extremists are drowning out local California governments (The Sacramento Bee, 11/21/21)
We finally have proof that remote working is making people ruder (Wired, 9/17/21)
‘Why You Gotta Be So Rude?’ PSU Study Highlights ‘Vicious Cycle’ of Workplace Incivility (Portland State University, 8/9/21)
Who is Behind the Attacks on Educators and Public Schools? (National Education Association, 12/14/21)
Louise Barron et al vs. Daniel Kolena et al (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 3/7/23)
ACLU Massachusetts letter to Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association on how cities and towns can conduct orderly and efficient govt meetings (ACLU, 3/10/23)
​​On The Frontlines of Today’s Cities: Trauma, Challenges and Solutions (National League of Cities, 2021)
Local Election Officials Survey (Brennan Center, 3/22)
ACLU Brief on Barron v. Kolena (Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 10/12/22)
Appellant Brief Barron v. Kolena (Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 10/11/22)
Appellee Southborough Brief Barron v. Kolena (Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 5/18/22)
Lousie Barron v. Southborough Board of Selectmen(Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/YouTube, 3/3/23)

College Degree Requirements [36:40]

I didn’t finish college — and society should quit stigmatizing that (Rikki Schlott, New York Post, 3/9/23)
Stop requiring college degrees for jobs that don’t need them (Vox, Rachel Cohen, 3/19/23)
No college degree? No problem. More companies are eliminating requirements to attract the workers they need (CNBC, 4/27/22)
US Companies Are Scratching College Degrees From Job Ads (The Hill, 12/23/22)
Major companies dropping college requirements for new hires (NewsNation, 1/23/23)
See Workers as Workers, Not as a College Credential (The New York Times, 1/28/23)
The Disparate Racial Impact of Requiring a College Degree (WSJ Opinion, 6/28/20)
Dismissed by Degrees: How degree inflation is undermining U.S. competitiveness and hurting America’s middle class (Harvard Business School, 2017)
Jobs requiring college degrees disqualify most U.S. workers — especially workers of color (PBS/YouTube, 10/26/21)
10 facts about today’s college graduates (Pew Research Center, 4/12/22)
A growing number of Americans are questioning the value of going to college (NPR, 6/26/23)
The Emerging Degree Reset (Harvard Business School/The Burning Glass Institute, 2022)

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