Episode 069 — Wrapped Around an Axle

Ben and James discuss how the aggregation of media led to a weakening of political parties, opening the door to unexpected candidates. Plus, why Facebook’s focus on engagement might be dangerous, and why diversity is important from day one.

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  • Ben Thompson: The Voters Decide — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Aggregation Theory — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: The FANG Playbook — Stratechery
  • Ben Thompson: Netflix and the Conservation of Attractive Profits — Stratechery
  • Hans Noel, Marty Cohen, David Karol and John Zaller: The Party Decides — The University of Chicago Press
  • Clay Shirky: Social Media Has Turned Republican & Democratic Parties into Host Bodies for 3rd Party Candidates — Twitter
  • The Most Important Voting Blocs Behind the Republican Candidates — The New York Times
  • Facebook Conversations About Presidential Candidates for the Month of February — Facebook
  • Fred Wilson: The Twitter Contradiction — AVC
  • Ben Thompson: Friction — Stratechery
  • Akrasia: “A lack of self-control or the state of acting against one’s better judgement” — Wikipedia
  • Ben Thompson: Twitter Needs New Leadership — Stratechery

Wrapped Around an Axel


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