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People vs Algorithms
People vs Algorithms
Troy Young, Brian Morrissey, Alex Schleifer

Uncovering patterns of change in media, culture, and technology, each week media veterans Brian Morrissey, Alex Schleifer and Troy Young break down... more

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Bustle's Bryan Goldberg on the Post-Scale Era

Bustle Digital Group's Bryan Goldberg joins to discuss why the scale era wasn't as great as it was portrayed. The... more

28 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
Misaligned Media

Most of the challenges facing media come down to misaligned incentives. Publishers face a bad set of options to serve... more

21 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Dismembering Disney

This week, we discuss the rebundling, with a focus on the future of pay TV and why tech companies will... more

14 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Heroes, Villains and Assholes

One person's "fire-breathing dragon" is another person's asshole. The zero-interest rate era is in the rearview mirror, and businesses will... more

07 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Mass Media Crackup

The foundations of mass media continue to erode, from the declining relevance of presidential debates to the uncertain future of... more

24 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Media Is From Mars, Tech Is From Venus

In this Brian-free episode Troy and Alex discuss the tension between media and tech, what changed and why. Plus: weird... more

16 Aug 2023 · 53 minutes
Summer Media

This week Troy, Brian and Alex talk about their summer media habits when on vacation or just trying to unplug.Troy... more

09 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
More With Less

Maybe publishing stinks as a scaled business, and it won't ever be otherwise. The most promising models I see tend... more

03 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Distribution Chokepoints

This week: Media cannot escape being aggregated; Elon Musk's superapp fever dream; Hollywood's dead-cat bounce with Barbieheimer; and publishers look... more

26 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Distribution Disruption

Every business deals with disruption and challenges, but the media business is somewhat unique in having such profound upheavals to its... more

19 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Talent Repricing

The zero-interest rate is in the rearview mirror. And now comes the repricing, not just of assets but also talent.... more

12 Jul 2023 · 52 minutes
Twilight of the Open Web

The open web has never faced more threats, and the prevailing winds of the digital economy are working against the... more

07 Jul 2023 · 58 minutes
Dark Patterns

The FTC has declared war on dark patterns, the use of design to manipulate people into taking actions against their... more

30 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes

The old levers of the media business aren't working. This is a time of existential change in many parts of... more

14 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
Enter the Face Computer

Apple has unveiled its long-anticipated entree into mixed reality, with the announcement of a headset that will be available starting next year.... more

07 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
The End of Ads and The Last Impression

Ads are like cockroaches. You might not like them, but they always find a way to survive and multiply. But... more

01 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Advertising Is Bugs

This week, Troy, Alex and I discuss a variety of topics, ranging from Alex’s beef with advertising, whether gaming will... more

25 May 2023 · 57 minutes
The Deterioration of Webpages

The pageview has long been the atomic unit of the internet. The business of digital publishing has revolved around it.... more

17 May 2023 · 1 hour,
Ambient Media

The battle for engagement has long been a losing battle. The arrival of AI, and the prospect of limitless synthetic... more

10 May 2023 · 51 minutes
The New Interface

The commanding heights of the digital economy are control of the interface. It’s the interface through which the vast expanses... more

03 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Why Buzzfeed News got shut down

Today we talk about why a lack of alignment led to the demise of the once buzzy Buzzfeed News. We... more

26 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
AI meets tech's friction paradox

Nobody likes friction, at least in the moment. It stands in the way of accomplishing a task. Modern life in... more

19 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
Ideation time

This week, Troy, Alex and Brian discuss how we come up with ideas and take them through to execution. We... more

13 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
Fear and Loathing, AI Edition

This week, we discuss how the conversation about AI has broken into camps of maximalists, doomers and fatalists. AI looks... more

05 Apr 2023 · 48 minutes
The death of ad formats

It's been 20 years, and despite endless attempts to bend the internet to its will, advertising remains a fraught part... more

29 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Format, shmormat

Brian, Troy, and Alex tackle the fascinating topic of formats and explore why they can make or break media companies.... more

22 Mar 2023 · 49 minutes
Bank failure or culture war?

Brian, Troy, and Alex jump on a call to talk about that SVB thing and the discourse around it. Some... more

14 Mar 2023 · 1 hour,
Substack is probably important

This week Brian, Troy and Alex discuss Substack, why it's turning into a platform, and why e-mail may or may... more

08 Mar 2023 · 47 minutes
Alex wants to burn the ad industry down

Today Brian, Troy and Alex ask themselves "what is premium"? They also discuss bundling in its many different forms. How... more

01 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
Publishing is a perpetual hackathon

Software has eaten the world, and for publishers that means a continuous battle to fend off second-order impacts of decisions... more

22 Feb 2023 · 43 minutes
People vs Algorithms
AI meets tech's friction paradox
People vs Algorithms

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Nobody likes friction, at least in the moment. It stands in the way of accomplishing a task. Modern life in many ways... more