Listen up, Extempers! Episode 42 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is live! Extempers, you are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this episode, our intrepid extemp voyagers discuss Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter.
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42 | Musk Buys Twitter
-----Description of Podcast-----
Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter comes after controversy surrounding the purchase since April. Once the deal was made in October, business decisions have led to employee cuts and resignations. Now, Musk faces possible Chapter 11 bankruptcy for Twitter. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer work to understand the importance of Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
-----Possible Extemp Questions-----
How will Elon Musk’s reorganization of Twitter affect the company’s operations?
-----Sources from this Video-----
The Verge - Twitter is now an Elon Musk company - https://www.theverge.com/2022/10/27/23184519/elon-musk-twitter-acquisition-deal-complete-agreement
Banking Dive - Elon Musk wants to Turn Twitter into ‘the People’s Financial Institution’ - https://www.bankingdive.com/news/elon-musk-twitter-bank-payments/636373/#:~:text=During%20a%20Thursday%20call%20with,the%20possibility%20of%20offering%20loans.
Fortune - No, insulin is not free: Eli Lilly is the latest high-profile casualty of Elon Musk’s Twitter verification mess - https://fortune.com/2022/11/11/no-free-insulin-eli-lilly-casualty-of-elon-musk-twitter-blue-verification-mess/
NYT - Two Weeks of Chaos: Inside Elon Musk’s Takeover of Twitter - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/11/technology/elon-musk-twitter-takeover.html
The Verge - Inside Elon Musk’s first meeting with Twitter employees - https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/10/23452196/elon-musk-twitter-employee-meeting-q-and-a
The Verge - Mario flipped off Twitter for nearly two hours with the blessing of Musk’s ‘verification’ - https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/9/23450289/twitter-impersonators-official-mario-musk-jesus-valve
NPR - Elon Musk targets impersonators on Twitter after celebrities troll him - https://www.npr.org/2022/11/07/1134689246/musk-threatens-to-boot-twitter-account-impersonators
Wired - Twitter Users Flock to Other Platforms as the Elon Era Begins - https://www.wired.com/story/twitter-users-flock-to-other-platforms-as-the-elon-musk-era-begins/
CNN - Elon Musk has taken control of Twitter and fired its top executives - https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/27/tech/elon-musk-twitter
NPR - Elon Musk says Twitter bankruptcy is possible, but is that likely? - https://www.npr.org/2022/11/12/1136205315/musk-twitter-bankruptcy-how-likely
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