Episode 27 - Civility in the Age of Trump: a chat with David Plazas
David Plazas of The Tennessean
David Plazas leads the Civility Tennessee campaign. Plazas is the opinion and engagement director for the USA Today Network Tennessee. He writes editorials and columns, manages community engagement, and serves on The Tennessean Editorial board.
Topics by minute:
1:08 - Book Recommendation
1:45 - First year of Civility Tennessee campaign
4:50 - Civility as more than politeness
7:42 - Does "civility" suppress the voices of marginalized people?
11:30 - BLM protest. With protest speech is there still a need for civility?
14:50 - The place for incivility
16:00 - Can policy positions themselves be uncivil?
17:04 - Destroying each other on social media
17:55 - Kid Rock uproar
21:45 - The 2016 editorial that Plazas regrets
27:36 - Unfriending and incivility on social media
30:00 - Incivility decreased after Twitter increased the character limit
33:50 - How does The Tennesseean decide on when (not) to endorse?
38:34 - Endorsements in the digital age and the process for 2019
47:50 - Year 2 of Civility Campaign...what can we expect?