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This Happened — November 5: Before The Fall, Nixon's Rise

Updated Nov. 5, 2023 at 12:35 p.m.

It was 55 years ago today.

Some say this was the day the 1960s ended (or really began...)? The man who would eventually bring shame on the White House, resigning after the Watergate scandal, was already dividing opinion when he ran for President for the second time in 1968.

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Richard Nixon wound up squeaking past his Democratic rival Hubert Humphrey to become the 37th President of the United States.

How did Richard Nixon become President?

Having served eight years as vice president alongside President Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon was the presumed Republican candidate in the 1960 election to succeed Eisenhower. His Democratic rival was John F. Kennedy. Nixon performed well in radio debates, only to be humiliated on television, where the juxtaposition between his sweaty, unpresidential appearance and Kennedy's sharp presentation made a serious blow to his candidacy.

After being defeated on the national stage, Nixon ran in 1962 for California governor, and lost again. But he would finally triumph in 1968's run for the White House. Running on a “Law and order” platform, Nixon also pledged to end the draft, which he hoped would also stop affluent college-aged men from protesting the war in Vietnam, since it would no longer concern them directly.

After third party candidate George Wallace split the Democrats’ New Deal coalition, Richard Nixon was able to win the electoral college, as well as the popular vote by a small margin over Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

What is Nixon best known for?

Nixon went on to win a second term four years later, in 1972, though it would plant the seed for his demise. Perhaps the most detested president in the 20th century, Richard Nixon is mostly remembered for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, which began with a break-in of Democratic party headquarters during the 1972 campaign.

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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David Craig and Stuart Cunningham

Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

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For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

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