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Google Scholar Larkin, M. Google Scholar Lewinski, P. Google Scholar Miller, G. Google Scholar Oatley, K. Google Scholar Piaget, J. Google Scholar Scherer, K. Google Scholar Schwarz, N. Google Scholar Seligman, M. Google Scholar Smith, C. Google Scholar van der Schalk, J. Google Scholar Waterman, A. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool you twice, shame on me. Fool me seven times, well…how much money do you have, again. Medium is nearly seven years old. It has undergone countless pivots.

I guess I was trying to figure the company out in my own head. Medium made it possible for anyone to blog and be seen. Rather, the company has typically hired and promoted the work of editors and writers who were already well known. And partnering with Medium arguably hastened the decline of some beloved sites (R.

How much does that matter. If not to some individual publication (probably not), then maybe to an individual writer or two. That promise of not-totally-evil money has kept people coming back, pulling new writers and editors in when the old, disillusioned ones leave or get kicked out. One big thing that sets Medium apart from other unsuccessful media ventures is that its flow of money has never been completely shut off. In 2015, after I was laid off, I talked to people at Medium about starting a parenting publication there.

It was something that I might have received a few thousand dollars to do. I joined Nieman Lab instead, but that freedom (.

Why spend so much time worrying about what Medium is. Maybe because we wanted to know whether it was a friend or an enemy.

But Medium was never something that we would get to define. The space Medium occupies stands between two poles. Except, of course, they all do have an interest in being a business. But do they want random anecdotes and backyard photos from strangers.

Whenever you see a well-established team, much like Path, taking its time to make beautiful things, you simply have to take notice. They are the most dangerous when it comes to disruption. There are lots of questions about whether Medium is responsible (especially in this invite-only phase) for its posts.

Medium takes the opportunity to insist that it is a platform. Any changes to an article are up to the author. It would help, also, if the company tweaked the titles of its editorial team so it was clear that those people are responsible for direction and curation rather than actual copy-wrangling.

And it should more clearly explain how Matter fits into the overall scheme of things. Alexis Madrigal:What are the boundaries and limits of Medium. More specifically: is Medium a place where Peter Shih should post about San Francisco women he thinks are ugly.

Is Medium a better place on the Internet or is it any old place on the Internet. But no doubt that uncertified content will continue causing problems. Now, misinformation, no matter the source, can get around the world a hundred times before the truth even finds its shoes. Medium matters because it helps to define whether great writing finds a sustainable expression on the web in the post-banner-ad era.

Medium matters because it pushes blogging, the native medium of the web, to a new stage of evolution after a decade of relative stagnation. Looking at Medium, along with Vox, and Glam, and even AOL, I think I can begin to discern the vague outlines of how digital publishing might eventually be able to deliver the kind of scale and impact that brand advertisers demand from TV and glossy magazines.

That should be part of every analysis of medium, but they leave that out. Nobody knew where the money was coming from to pay writers, but several Collection Editors speculated that the operation was financed by Ev and his mystery Twitter fortune.

The host mother bird unknowingly nests the foreign eggs and, when they hatch, the cowbird chicks consume an inordinate amount of resources, diverting them away from the native chicks.

The best sign Medium is YouTube for text: contributors quitting over discovery and rev share. Definitely we will make money…The sooner we get money flowing through the system and allow other people to make money, that drives more professional content. Everything on the Internet is the Same, Vol.