Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

It's Coming: $65 Oil

The sudden collapse in gas prices is a mix of good news (energy production is up, all over the world) and bad news (there is no good economic growth story, anywhere).

The Dangerous Myth of America's Ebola Panic

In reality, twice as many Americans believe in witches as are afraid of Ebola. At what point does the media's coverage of the country's "overreaction" to the virus become another overreaction?

Why Experts Reject Creativity

People think they like creativity. But teachers, scientists, and executives are biased against new ways of thinking.

In Defense of Spoilers

Psychologists have found that people like stories more after they've been "spoiled." Why?