It’s rare that I express irritability in a public forum such as this, but every now and then situations arise that I can not ignore. I tried to call attention to the yesterday’s Featured situation more than the essay itself by not posting a link to the article, if that makes sense or is even possible.
I don’t have a problem with people having opinions that are different from mine. It’s a free world and variety makes the world go round. But my problem is this: given the current climate in this country, it should be more than apparent that words matter in both intent and substance (or lack thereof). Whether we want to admit it or not, words have a direct impact on people; not all people to the same degree, but words have been the catalyst to tip people over the edge to commit horrible and irreversible acts.
As a burgeoning portal whose currency is primarily words and ideas, it is incumbent upon Medium to not unnecessarily add to napalm to cultural fires. This does not mean Medium should become The Oprah Show of words … wait, there may be something there … nor should it or is it Medium’s duty to police content; but site should not become a haven for miscreants and ne’er-do-wells. There’s a-whole-nother .com already in existence for that purpose, Br — tb-rt.com.
Medium, as a medium, has a responsibility to monitor what’s putting out there. I’m sure there’s a ton of crap that doesn’t make it under the Featured banner, but let’s not let numbers be the primary determinant as to what’s showcased for all the world to see.
A similar problem exists at Twitter. It’s like . . . oh, wait . . . they are both run by the same people.
I do find it interesting that today my Medium homepage leads off with “Top stories for you” and not “Featured” stories. Maybe I’m not paying attention and Medium only uses the “Featured” banner on the weekends. In any event, if they really wanted to offer a function that would satisfy the greatest number of people, how about positioning the “New from your network” section at the top of everyone’s page? If writers are in a person’s network, it stands to reason that those are the writers whose works that person has either clapped for or responded to. That seems to be a no brainer. A second option, but probably more labor intensive in terms of coding, why not give us the option to customize our landing page? Iduno. That’s just one member’s ideas.
Anyway, ICM, I will say this, the writer of said article wrote a reasonable reply that, well, surprised me. I guess there’s something to be said for being thoughtful. Good to know Cipolla agrees with that approach as a survival strategy. I can’t attest to his intentions, I can only respond to what was presented.
Onward and upward.
(Medium Staff et al, I hope you’re listening/reading and taking this seriously. I can’t be the only one thinking this way. And please note, I’m investing my time here on this issue not to pee all over people’s efforts, because I care about my experience here.)