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Why Publicly Shaming Your Boss Is Actually A Great Career Move

How burning a work bridge leads to better opportunities.

If being laid off is the corporate version of a sucker punch, mass termination via form letter is more like a round of carpet bombing. A few years ago, AOL informed me that my “engagement for content services” was no longer needed in a company-wide email that addressed me as “Hi There.” Emboldened by visions of financial ruin, I composed a scathing essay that ran on a popular humor website.

“Are you sure you want to burn that bridge?” asked a concerned friend. “You’ll never work with them again.” He had a point. Conventional wisdom says that trashing an employer is bad business. Rather than piercing AOL’s armor, it’s possible I’d only dent my own. What if I came off as an entitled crybaby, suspiciously interested in workers’ rights only after getting rejected? But when the piece went live, commenters cheered me on, and my bitter words were picked up across the internet. Surprisingly, freelance job offers piled up in my inbox—good ones. After years of lowbrow “content creation,” I’d fired back and, in the process, gained respect as a serious writer.

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Graduate Students Of The World, Unite!

“I think the decision is going to have big consequences”

A student protester holding a can of lager raises his fist during clashes with police.

Universities are supposed to be our beacons of equality—a model of intellectual freedom for the rest of society. But when it comes to unions, that’s pure fantasy.

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Obama Just Relaxed Federal Regulations On Weed… Sort Of

Will the current administration ever say “Yes We Can-nabis”? A primer

Last week, the news came down from on high: President Obama was about to do something big on marijuana. Pot, as you may recall from an annoying rant in a nondescript dorm room while someone—we’re not saying you—was using the stuff, is officially a Schedule I controlled substance. Marijuana advocates were hoping that was about to change, but instead, in a roundabout policy switch, researchers will be allowed to apply to grow their own marijuana crops.

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Politicos Dancing Badly: A Ballroom Instructor Weighs In

“The folks at the Republican National Convention certainly had an abundance of energy. The same cannot be said about their rhythm.”

Delegates dance before the start of the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The doom-and-gloom Republican National Convention was filled with speeches warning of an imminent, violent apocalypse. America is, apparently, weak. It’s been humiliated. The opponent, one Hillary Clinton, deserves to be locked up for her “crimes.” Yet beyond the usual chest thumping, the RNC crowd seemed bouncier than expected at times. If this is indeed the end of America, they wanted to dance their way to ruin.

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Netflix And No Chill: Company Sees Worst Quarter In Three Years After Price Hike

Netflix taught us to watch what we wanted, when we wanted. What if we don’t feel like watching Netflix anymore?

Other than the odd episode of Frasier, which I use as a televisual narcotic to lull my brain to sleep, I haven’t opened Netflix in months. Why would I? Especially when there’s Hulu, Amazon, HBO Now, and Apple TV. I have them all and I use them all, rotating based on whichever service has the content I actually want to watch. But despite killing video rental as both a concept and business in its halcyon days, Netflix has been so barren between binge-watching sessions of shows like Jessica Jones or Master of None that even the Crane brothers’ soothing banter may not be able to keep me from leaving.

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Supreme Court: Police Can Now Search You Without Probable Cause

In a blistering dissent, Justice Sotomayor called out her colleagues for living in a bubble

Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post/Getty Images

In December 2006, Salt Lake City cop Douglas Fackrell sat in his squad car watching a house he had reason to believe was a drug den. He’d received an anonymous tip about “narcotics activity” and, over the course of a week, spent about three hours surveilling the scene. Nothing illegal occurred, but people were coming and going at odd intervals. He decided to stop the next person to walk out, seeking more information and, perhaps, an easy arrest.

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