From food and banking to masculinity and entertainment, the business and cultural establishment faces an insurgency. The rebels want nothing to do with the old ways of selling, building, or doing things. It's not just disruption. It's a coup. But despite the flashy branding, high-tech tools, and endless press, are things really any different? Are we actually better off after the takeovers? Host and marketing expert Ron Tite brings listeners inside the industries fighting for their futures. He speaks with the executives in power, the entrepreneurs challenging their dominance, and the academics and journalists watching the revolution. By the time we're done, you’ll know who’s in, who’s out and where the rest of us stand because of it. Produced by Church+State for Rogers’ Frequency Podcast Network.
The Influencer Show
At the beginning of this season, we looked at the advertising industry’s coup from my perspective. To bring it full circle, today I’m looking at it from a different angle: Yours. Content — editorial, entertainment, what have you — and advertising have been unified to the point — where often — it’s hard to see … Continue reading "The Influencer Show"
If you live in Canada, it’s likely that you bank with one of the ‘Big 5’… and it’s also likely you inherited that financial relationship from your parents. And whether you liked banking with them or not… how different were the other 4, really? For decades, there weren’t any other meaningful options… but today? We … Continue reading "New Money"
20 years ago, two teenagers brought the music establishment to its knees. And a decade later, a startup was launched halfway around the world that’s reinvigorated it.The recording industry has experienced a whiplash of change, and has somehow come out on the other end of it… still standing. It’s one of the few categories we can look to that’s gone through the full cycle of a coup. First we bought. Then we “shared”. And now… we stream. And with changes to distribution and format, have come changes to everything— from how we listen, to the way popular music sounds.But with artists struggling to make a living — and the industry’s biggest streaming still not profitable— who’s this new model really working for? How has music’s old establishment faired? And where is it’s new one taking us next?
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We'll be back with a new episode of The Coup next Tuesday, November 12th!
The New Joker
Stand up comedy’s second boom feels less driven by punchlines, and more by comedians’ introspection and vulnerability. Nearly every week, another special comes out that mines the personal narrative and struggles of another comics. While some comedians have managed to make this kind of vulnerability funny, others... have made it easy to forget you’re watching a standup show. And that tone change has led to style and format shifts as well.The traditional format — the laughs/per minute structure, on-stage-every-night, and the need to appeal to the masses — is all but dead. Taking their place? Comedians as TED talkers, as performance artists, as prophets and pundits.And while what’s shared on stage is more varied than ever, some think the form is being constrained. You can say anything, but you can’t just say anything. So, what are comedians trying to do other than make us laugh? How is this trend of vulnerability and experimentation changing standup’s tone, format and purpose? And what complications arise?
The Internal Coup
We often think of disruption as this mythical struggle of David and Goliath — the scrappy start-ups rising out of nowhere to take down the established players, who are as powerful as they are out-of-touch.In business, as in life, people tend to root for the Davids... and I’m not always sure why.As much as we like to hate The Man — whether it’s BP, KPMG, or the Big G himself — there are consequences to stickin’ it to him... Here’s the thing: Goliath’s fall would look a lot different if your empire falls with him. Whether they’ve been in power for 2 years or 200 — how can Goliaths keep the spirit of David alive, and disrupt themselves before someone else does it for them?Today we're turning our attention to the big guys, and taking notes from the leaders who broke rank to ignite the coup from within the castle walls.