Episode 55: Derek Thompson, The Atlantic



It was great to talk to Derek Thompson who’s a senior editor for The Atlantic and the best-selling author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction for a short podcast.

We discussed his recent piece in The Atlantic: Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/disneyflix-netflix/556895/ ).

Netflix should be scared but Disneyflix has some of its own fascinating challenges that we discussed. Basically, how to both maximize and kill off its existing TV and movie businesses and business models (including ESPN!) in ways that best benefit the streaming service?

We also talked about Derek’s wonderful and fun piece American Sports Needs More Fair-Weather Fans (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/in-praise-of-fair-weather-fandom/556841/)

Finally, I asked Derek for his early impressions on Derek Jeter’s management of the Marlins.

Derek on Twitter: @DKThomp 

Derek’s archive on The Atlantic ( https://www.theatlantic.com/author/derek-thompson/ )


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