Ep. 105 - TikTok Ban, Porn & Public Health, Noncompete Clauses

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Ravi and Rikki kick things off with Congress’ new TikTok ban, over escalating fears that the app amounts to a “Trojan Horse” for pro-China propaganda. [2:32]

We look at how the app is impacting Americans before switching gears to one of the few forms of content with an even wider reach: pornography. We don’t like to talk about it – or write about it – but how is it affecting our health? [17:03]

Finally, the FTC wants to ban noncompete agreements in the name of workers’ rights. We discuss whether they should, and whether they can. [37:17]

Sources Used/Mentioned

Porn & Society

Louisiana now requires a government ID to access Pornhub (The Verge, 1/3/23)
Pornography Statistics and Facts (The Recovery Village, 9/13/22)
A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis (AP, 5/9/19)
Pornography: The Public Health Crisis of the Digital Age (Psychology Today, 5/15/21
Pornography consumption: The overlooked public health crisis (The Hill, 12/24/19)
What Are the Effects of Porn Addiction? (VeryWellMind, 8/12/22)
Are You Watching Too Much Porn? (Men’s Health, 5/25/19)
The Porn Crisis That Isn’t (The Atlantic, 6/1/21)
There are three types of porn watchers — and only one is healthy (New York Post, 3/9/17)
Everything Parents Should Know About Children Watching Porn (Mobicip, 10/6/20)
Yes, your child will be exposed to online porn. But don’t panic — here’s what to do instead (11/16/20)
What to Do If Your Kid Is Watching Porn (Bark, 1/14/21)
Is Watching Porn Bad? What You Need to Know (Teen Vogue, 1/21/21)

TikTok = PsyOp?

TikTok Is China’s Trojan Horse (National Review, 6/16/21)
TikTok is China’s Trojan Horse (The Hill, 10/18/22)
Maybe Trump was right about TikTok (Vox, 12/13/22)
Biden signs TikTok ban for government devices, setting up a chaotic 2023 for the app (NBC, 12/30/22)
Is there a difference between TikTok in the U.S. and China? A social media analyst compares it to opium and spinach (Deseret News, 11/24/22)
Intelligence Expert: Is TikTok China’s Trojan Horse? (Newsweek, 8/8/22)

Noncompete Agreements

FTC Proposes a Ban on Non-Compete Contracts for Employees (Bloomberg, 1/5/23)
FACT SHEET: FTC Proposes Rule to Ban Noncompete Clauses, Which Hurt Workers and Harm Competition (FTC, 1/5/23)
Dissenting Statement of Commissioner Christine S. Wilson Regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Non-Compete Clause Rule (FTC, 1/5/23)
A Brief History of Noncompete Regulation (Fair Competition Law, 10/11/21)
Lina Khan: Noncompetes Depress Wages and Kill Innovation (New York Times Guest Essay, 1/9/23)
How Noncompete Clauses Keep Workers Locked In (New York Times, 5/13/17)
How Companies Kill Their Employees’ Job Searches (The Atlantic, 10/17/14)
FTC’s ‘vague’ rule to ban non-competes faces legal hurdles (Yahoo! Finance, 1/7/23)
Lina Khan’s Non-Compete Favor to Big Labor (WSJ Editorial Board, 1/8/23)
Non-compete agreements are a market failure. But change must come through legislation, not regulatory fiat (The Hill Op-Ed, 1/9/23)
Ban of Non-Competes Isn’t a Slam Dunk, Even for Workers (RealClear Markets, 1/8/23)
Tailspin (Steven Brill, 5/29/18)




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