Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. You can follow him on Twitter @benthompson.

James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesallworth.

Episode 134 — Human Problems

Ben and James discuss why effective content moderation is so hard, how it can be done, and why it sometimes shouldn’t be. Plus, how tech optimists and tech critics make the exact same mistake.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Pollyannish Assumption — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Pollyannish Assumption and Bright Lines, YouTube’s Market Power, Google vs Amazon — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Tech’s Person of the Year; Uber at the End of 2017; Fowler’s True Impact, and Means — Stratechery Daily Update
  • The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed — Wired

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Episode 133 — Two Terrible Options

Ben and James discuss the net neutrality debate and why both sides of the issue at hand involve making difficult tradeoffs; the bigger problem is broken governance. Please listen to the end!

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  • Ben Thompson: Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: “Light Touch”, Cable, and DSL; The Broadband Tradeoff; The Importance of Antitrust — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and Net Neutrality — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Net Neutrality and Zero Rating — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Comcast’s Inevitable Data Caps, T-Mobile Offers Free Video, America Versus Europe on Net Neutrality — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: The Department of Justice Sues to Block the AT&T-Time Warner Acquisition, The DOJ’s Case, AT&T’s Objections — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 132 — Successful Disappointments

Ben and James discuss IPOs, including those of Stitch Fix, SendGrid, and Blue Apron, and the importance of understanding what type of company you are.

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Episode 131 — Head-on is Hard

Ben and James break down the differences between new market and low end disruption and how they apply — or don’t — to Apple and the iPhone.

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  • Ben Thompson: Apple at Its Best — Stratechery
  • Apple’s iPhone X Parts Cost $115 More Than iPhone 8, IHS Says — Bloomberg
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Beyond the iPhone — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple’s Organizational Crossroads — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Android Detour — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Apple and the Oak Tree — Stratechery

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Episode 130 — The 50,000 Foot View

Ben and James walk through the history of Stratechery to explain why Facebook is inescapable for a podcast about tech and society.

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  • Ben Thompson: Tech Goes to Washington — Stratechery
  • John Gruber: Blackberry vs. iPhone — Daring Fireball (note: I said on the podcast this was written in 2007; it was written in 2008)
  • Ben Thompson: What Clayton Christensen Got Wrong — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014 — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Peak Google — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Revisiting Peak Google, Again — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: More Spectacles Mea Culpas — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Great News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Google’s Earnings — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: TV Advertising’s Suprising Strength — and Inevitable Fall — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Brexit Possibility — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Dollar Shaving Club and the Disruption of Everything — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Tech Goes to Washington — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Epoch — Stratechery
  • Facebook’s Earnings Call — Seeking Alpha
  • James Allworth: Founders and Motivations — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Super-Aggregators and the Russians — Stratechery

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Episode 129 — The Disruption Antidote

Ben and James discuss why acquisitions should be the focus of tech regulators in the context of Facebook buying tbh today, and Instagram and WhatsApp previously.

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  • Ben Thompson: Why Facebook Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Buy TBH — Stratechery
  • Marco Arment: The Impossible Dream of USB-C — Marco.org
  • Ben Thompson: Peak Google — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Great News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Revisiting Peak Google, Again — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: Defining Aggregators — Stratechery

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Episode 128 — Counterfactuals

Ben and James discuss the structure that leads to gatekeepers and abusers like Harvey Weinstein, and why it is so dangerous to accept as fact that the world was better before the Internet.

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Episode 127 — The Worst-Case Scenario

Ben and James discuss Facebook and where both its critics and executives go wrong. It’s time for everyone to consider the worst-case scenarios.

NOTE: We unfortunately had significant audio issues this week on both sides (which, by the way, had nothing to do with the cut cable referenced in the podcast ). Our apologies.

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  • Ben Thompson: Defining Aggregators — Stratechery
  • This is why tech companies won’t disclose content of Russian ads — The Outline
  • Ben Thompson: Trustworthy Networking — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Manifestos and Monopolies — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs — The Atlantic
  • Exclusive interview with Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg — Axios
  • Ben Thompson: The GDPR and Facebook and Google, Intelligent Tracking Prevention, Data Portability and Social Graphs — Stratechery Daily Update

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Episode 126 — Getting to the Future Faster

Ben and James discuss the development of theory, why blogs have disrupted books, and why too many in tech are too pessimistic about humanity.

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Episode 125 — The Super-Aggregators

Ben and James discuss the different levels of aggregation, Facebook and Russian ads, and why it’s worth defending the future.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Super-Aggregators and the Russians — Stratechery
  • Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ — ProPublica
  • Ben Thompson: Inspired Media — Stratechery
  • James Allworth: Technology Has Become Water — Medium
  • Sheryl Sandberg on Facebook Advertising Changes — Facebook
  • Dollar Shave Club and the Disruption of Everything — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Everything is Changing; So Should Antitrust — Stratechery

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