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
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