Episode 052 — All About Ads

Ben and James briefly discuss ad-blockers, then admit it’s an academic debate and move on to the business of advertising and the far more profound shifts that are caused on the Internet and by new places on the Internet.

Note: This podcast references Marco Arment’s Peace application, but was recorded before Marco pulled the app. Please see the relevant links below.

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  • James Allworth and Ben Thompson: Everything Has a Price — Exponent
  • Marco Arment: The Ethics of Modern Ad-Blocking — Marco.org
  • Marco Arment: Introducing Peace, My Privacy-Focused iOS 9 Ad-Blocker — Marco.org
  • Marco Arment: Just Doesn’t Feel Good — Marco.org
  • David Barnard: Fifty Shades of Ad-Blocking Grey — DavidBarnard.com
  • Nilay Patel: Welcome to Hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the Slow Death of the Web — The Verge
  • Eric Chemi: Advertising’s Century of Flat-Line Growth — Bloomberg
  • Ben Thompson: Old-Fashioned Snapchat — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Popping the Publishing Bubble — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Mobile Makes Facebook Just an App; That’s Great News — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Content Blockers and Facebook — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Ben Thompson: How Many of These 39 Articles Underneath the One with Original Reporting are Necessary? — Twitter
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Reckoning — Stratechery


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