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Uncovering patterns of change in media, culture, and technology, each week media veterans Brian Morrissey, Alex Schleifer and Troy Young break down stuff that matters.
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People vs Algorithms Troy Young, Brian Morrissey, Alex Schleifer

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    • 4.8 ‚ÄĘ 43 Ratings

Uncovering patterns of change in media, culture, and technology, each week media veterans Brian Morrissey, Alex Schleifer and Troy Young break down stuff that matters.
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    The Power Play

    The Power Play

    In this episode Brian, Troy, and Alex dive into AI mishaps in Teslas, muse over BuzzFeed's AI pivot, and ponder the future of creativity in tech. They chat about navigating power in the digital age, laugh at media's latest shenanigans, and champion the underdog entrepreneurs shaking things up.
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    Topics:
    00:00 Tesla's Autopilot Update01:02 Introducing People Vs. Algorithms05:32 BuzzFeed's AI Pivot and the Future of Media22:19 AI's Impact on Creativity and the Music Industry26:30 The New York Times Embraces AI for Audio Articles33:09 Diving into the Concept of Power36:11 The Journey to Gaining Power: Personal Stories and Advice43:10 Understanding Power in the Context of Career and Entrepreneurship49:31 AI's Influence on Power Dynamics and Organizational Structures54:24 Reflecting on Media, AI, and the Future of Content Creation59:47 Good Product Recommendations

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Shifting Tides in the Media Business with Axios’s Sara Fischer

    Shifting Tides in the Media Business with Axios’s Sara Fischer

    With Alex still on vacation, Axios senior media reporter Sara Fischer joins Troy and Brian to break down the current state of the media business, including why TikTok is winning, the death of aggregation as a competitive advantage, why social media is a major reason women’s sports is one of the hottest segments, The New York Times as an extensible model and the future of print magazines as marketing pieces.
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    Topics:
    00:00 Brooklyn, Miami or Washington?01:10 Introducing 'People vs. Algorithms': A Deep Dive into Media Trends02:37 The Power of Distinctive Journalism in Today's Media05:39 The Evolution of News Consumption and the Rise of TikTok07:41 The Future of Media: Between Eras and the AI Influence10:00 The Art of Distinctive Reporting in the Digital Age12:51 Exploring the Success of The New York Times and Other Media Giants21:22 The Rise of Women's Sports and the Impact of Social Media25:52 The Ongoing Battles in the Media Industry34:04 The Shift in Media Brand Strategies36:20 The Evolution of Legacy Media and New Upstarts39:25 Navigating the Complexities of Media Business Models52:35 Exploring the Future of Reddit and Other Platforms56:17 Beyonce's New Album: A Cultural Phenomenon

    • 59 min
    The Business of Influence with Emily Sundberg

    The Business of Influence with Emily Sundberg

    Emily, Brian and Troy delve into the complex world of influencers and celebrities as they navigate public scrutiny and fame in the digital age. They explore the societal impact of extensive phone use and the rise of influencers creating their own brands.
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    Topics:
    00:00 An Unforgettable Trip to the Grenadines: The Start of an Influencer's Journey01:12 Introducing 'People vs. Algorithms': A Deep Dive into Media, Tech, and Culture01:17 Emily Sundberg's Unique Blend of Business and Culture in 'Feed Me'02:31 Exploring the Complex World of Influence and Celebrity08:11 The Intricacies of Being an Influencer and the Impact on Personal Identity16:01 The Huberman Controversy: A Case Study in Celebrity and Accountability30:52 The Future of Celebrity: Microdramas and the New Age of Public Scrutiny38:19 The Unpreparedness of Rising Influencers41:57 The Personal Touch in Building a Brand47:06 Exploring the Future of Work and Influence53:27 Navigating the Complexities of a Digital Career01:03:13 The Impact of Technology on Society and Personal Life01:06:48 The Good Product Corner

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Algorithmic Sameness with Kyle Chayka

    Algorithmic Sameness with Kyle Chayka

    In this episode of 'People vs. Algorithms,' hosts Brian Morrissey, Troy Young, and Alex Schleifer engage in a wide-ranging discussion on how algorithms shape our cultural landscape, the future of AI in content creation, and the consequences of a digitally dominated world. They share insights from the Game Developer Conference about the optimism among independent studios and discuss the ramifications of algorithmic sameness across media. The episode features a detailed conversation with Kyle Chayka, a writer at the New Yorker and author of 'Filterworld,' centering on how algorithms are flattening culture and what it means for creators and consumers alike.
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    Topics:
    00:00 Kicking Off at the Game Developer Conference06:42 The Future of AI in Gaming: Opportunities and Challenges08:40 Navigating the Complexities of AI Ethics and Open Source Debates19:49 The Middle Management Dilemma: Efficiency vs. Human Touch27:33 Listener Questions: The Future of Learning and AI's Role34:01 The Digital Dilemma: Navigating Education and Work in a Tech-Driven World34:48 Rethinking Education: A Vision for the Future35:08 Introducing Kyle: A Deep Dive into Algorithms and Culture35:48 The Impact of Algorithms on Culture and Individuality38:41 Exploring the Future: The Role of Algorithms in Shaping Our World43:02 The Algorithmic Influence: From Consumption to Creation47:29 Navigating the Algorithmic Landscape: Personal Experiences and Strategies51:36 The Future of Culture in the Age of Algorithms55:59 The Personal and Professional Impact of Living Online59:01 Envisioning a Future Beyond Algorithmic Feeds01:06:28 Exploring Good Products

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Platform Shifts

    Platform Shifts

    As Alex says, the ground is shifting more and faster than it has in some time in the tech world, which usually means gaping craters are opened to swallow up media companies. We discuss the Reddit IPO, X apparently pivoting to video ‚Äď we recorded this prior to Don Lemmon announcing he wouldn‚Äôt be launching his show on X after an apparently disastrous interview with Elon Musk pissed off Musk, go figure ‚Ästand the effort to ban TikTok.
    We also have a guest this week. Tony Stubblebine joined us to discuss where Medium fits in the information space. We talked to Tony about how Medium aims to be the place for expert content, why journalism is apparently expensive to produce because journalists have to learn about the stuff they cover, and the frequent misalignment of incentives in the media business, particularly ones reliant on advertising.
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    Topics:
    00:00 Introducing the Voicemail Feature: A New Way to Engage01:44 Welcome to People vs. Algorithms: Unpacking Media and Tech Shifts02:06 Deep Dive into Reddit's IPO and the Future of Social Platforms02:44 Exploring Medium's Journey and Its Place in the Digital World04:29 Listener Engagement and the Future of Podcasting05:18 Analyzing Reddit's Strategy and Its Impact on the Digital Landscape16:17 X Pivoting to Video19:46 The Controversial Debate: The Potential TikTok Ban25:20 Apple's Strategy and the Shifting Tech Landscape32:21 Medium's New Direction Under CEO Tony Stubblebine40:44 Evaluating Medium's Pivot to Subscription and Target Author Strategy41:26 The Power of Expert Content in the Digital Age43:03 The Debate Over Text vs. Video Content44:05 The Importance of Writing in an Evolving Internet44:55 Addressing Changing Consumer Habits and Content Consumption48:56 The Future of Twitter and Social Media Platforms50:36 Exploring Federation and Content Distribution Strategies51:37 Navigating Negotiations with AI Companies55:17 The Potential and Challenges of Reddit's IPO58:13 The Role of Medium in Independent Expert Content Creation59:39 Reflecting on the State of Professional Media01:08:33 Closing Thoughts and Future Directions01:11:12 The Impact of Advertising on Business and Culture

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Change at CNN and Google

    Change at CNN and Google

    This week, we discuss how to turn the ship at two very different companies facing different challenges: CNN and Google. At CNN, former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson is looking to reinvent the still very profitable broadcaster into a more nimble, digitally focused operation as its viewership and cultural importance fade. Google is facing its biggest threat yet in the form of AI and signs with Gemini AI image search that there might just be something to those complaints about a ‚Äúwoke culture.‚ÄĚ Plus: nostalgia for websites, invisible paywalls and Substack‚Äôs next chapter.
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    Topics:
    00:00 Opening Banter and Homework Check00:05 Diving Into Mark Thompson's Memo and Corporate Speak01:20 Introducing People vs. Algorithms01:49 The Challenges at CNN and Google02:29 CNN's Transformation and Strategy Discussion07:13 Exploring the Impact of AI and Invisible Paywalls11:38 The Future of Publishing and Websites17:08 Debating the Role of Websites in Media Today27:52 Substack's Strategy and the Future of Content Creation33:32 Reimagining CNN's Strategy in the AI Era45:27 Exploring Perplexity's Innovations and Potential46:57 The Future of News: AI and Media Evolution47:14 Navigating the Challenges of Legacy Media in the Digital Age49:01 The Blurred Lines of Modern Media Brands57:17 The Dilemma of Independence in the Media Landscape58:57 Google's Leadership and Innovation Challenges01:00:14 The Cultural and Structural Issues at Google01:14:53 Redefining Product Management in Tech01:17:04 The Essence of Good Content: Vice and Beyond01:22:18 Closing Thoughts and Future Engagements

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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A must-listen for anyone in media + marketing

PvA has been a source of useful insights and thoughtful perspectives since the start, but I'm enjoying it even more since they started bringing in a range of guests with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Kudos!

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This has become one of my favorites. If you’re in the media business, listen up. Great content, hosts are terrific together, new ideas for the leaders who listen.

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