The Future of Substack and Amazon’s Failed Union Effort

April 21, 2021

Is the newsletter platform Substack the new media wunderkind or a flash in the pan? What can we learn from the failed effort to unionize Amazon workers in Alabama?

RebeccaMihir, and Felix debate how Substack might change news consumption and competition for talented writers. Plus, they examine why the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union failed to unionize an Amazon warehouse in Alabama.

Each week, the hosts give their recommendations for reading, watching, and more. Here are This Week’s Picks:

  • Sinocism (Substack)
  • GeoGuessr – Famous Places
  • Watercolor painting

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