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Medium has a message

In Online media on January 9, 2014 at 2:31 pm
Medium's illustration of the offending burrito.

Medium’s illustration of the offending burrito.

Here’s something I stumbled upon because I love burritos and loathe when they are done wrong. I’m speaking, of course, of @luckyshirt’s brilliant post titled, “Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito.” (If you don’t mind a little cussing and a lot of laughing, go ahead and read it. I’ll wait…)

It’s published on Medium, which is a long-form blogging platform that allows people to collaborate with other writers and make notes on what they’ve just read, among other things. As the New York Times notes, it’s beautifully done. It’s the brainchild of those Twitter guys and they seem to be interested in undoing a little of what they have wrought with their 140-character obsession.

What they are not interested in, apparently, is making money at the moment. Which is fine for people like Ev Williams and Biz Stone, because they are billionaires.

There is a school of thought that people like these guys and Jeff Bezos and a new brand of Internet tycoon will save the media. They will be patriarchs – and let’s face it, they are nearly all men – in much the way William Randolph Hearst and the Chandler family once ruled benevolently from on high.

I’m not so sure. But maybe. Many of these people, including Medium chief Williams, who was a vegan anarchist in his younger days, say the right thing. They say they are about democratic impulses and spreading the freedom that technology allows. Perhaps they will exert their power in positive ways that build community and point to a better way for the rest of us in the business of imparting information. …

In the meantime, stay tuned. Seek new things. And demand a burrito meant for humans and not pelicans.

Clay

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