Ben Smith on the Internet’s Fatal Addiction to Viral Traffic
In Conversation with Andrew Keen on Keen On
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In this episode, Andrew talks to Ben Smith, the author of Traffic and the founding editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News, about the Internet’s fatal addiction to viral traffic.
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Ben Smith is the editor in chief of Semafor, a new global news company. He is the former media columnist for The New York Times and founding editor in chief of BuzzFeed News. Before that, he was among the first reporters to adapt the tools of the internet to political journalism for the Observer (New York), the New York Daily News, and Politico. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.