Innovation and Destruction in Silicon Valley

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic and Author Noam Cohen discuss Silicon Valley on the governmentality podcast.

By Allen McDuffee | November 13, 2017
Photo credit: Alessio Jacona

There is little question that technology brings about change. But how much of it is for the good? At their best, technology giants can save lives. But at their worst, they provide massive audiences for the most of deplorable human behavior. Silicon Valley leaders are quick to celebrate their successes, but often shirk their responsibilities in the eyes of many.

On this episode, we’ll discuss both the successes and responsibilities of Silicon Valley. First, I’ll talk with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about X, Google secret research wing. And in then in the book chat, I’ll speak with Noam Cohen, former New York Times technology columnist about his new book about Silicon Valley, The Know It Alls.

Listen and subscribe to the governmentality podcast in iTunesGoogle PlaySoundCloudBlubrryStitcher, or anywhere else podcasts are found.


Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the media. He is the author of Hit Makers. Follow him on Twitter: @DKThomp.

Noam Cohen is the former tech columnist for The New York Times where he wrote the “Link by Link” column from 2007 to 2013 covering the influence of digital technologies on global culture and the economy, including some of the Times’ earliest coverage of Wikipedia, Bitcoin, and Twitter. He is author of The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and a Social Wrecking Ball. Follow him on Twitter: @noamcohen.

Follow governmentality:

Please take a moment to rate and review the show wherever you listen to podcasts—it really does help others discover our show.

The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.