Episode 054 — Check Facebook Time

NOTE: James’ mic developed a bad connection half-way through the podcast. We apologize for the audio fuzz.

Ben and James make clear that they know pollution causes death, then discuss the future of brand advertising. Then, a rather strident debate as to whether radical ideas will have a home in the future.

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  • Margo Sanger-Katz and John Schwartz: How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.? — The New York Times
  • Ben Thompson: The Facebook Epoch — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The Liability Shift Has Arrived — Stratechery Daily Update
  • Sherry Turkle: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk — Stratechery
  • Instagram Says Apple is Why Female Nipples are Banned — Digiday


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