Cultural Divide: The TV vs. Internet Generation -- Cenk Uygur (Founder & CEO, TYT Network)

Cenk Uygur is the founder and host of the world’s largest online news show “The Young Turks” and CEO of the TYT Network. Cenk has had a long career as a political commentator and blogger, having voiced his opinions on CNN, FOX News, Al Jazeera, Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR, and MSNBC. Prior to launching TYT, Cenk was a lawyer, TV writer, and host.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss what Cenk calls “the greatest cultural divide […] in this country’s history”: those age 35+ that grew up on TV and Millennials that grew up on the Internet. He predicts that the traditional TV business is heading off a cliff because online video has lower costs, no gatekeepers, and more authentic content.

We also debate the future of American politics and the two-party system. Cenk argues it’s no longer about “teams” (blind party affiliation) but rather authentic voices and real policy positions. He advocates for a more progressive Democratic agenda and wants to return power to the people by taking big money out of politics. He offers a bold prediction that a strong progressive candidate like Nina Turner will be the next President.

Finally, we learn more about Cenk’s entrepreneurial journey. His father, a poor olive farmer in Turkey, moved his family to New Jersey when Cenk was 8 for their pursuit of the American Dream. Cenk shares how these early experiences shaped him and gave him the persistence to build TYT over the past 15 years.

Host: James Creech

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All Things Video is a podcast dedicated to uncovering the past and charting the future of the online video ecosystem. Listen to interviews with founders and C-level executives of the world’s leading video networks and engage in thought-provoking debates about the key issues shaping the next generation of entertainment. From the short-form content revolution to the rise of multi-channel networks (MCNs) and now the fragmentation of video viewership in an always-on world, All Things Video reveals the key trends and insights from the world of digital video.

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