Design isn’t alone in its lack of quality content—the web, by and large, has become a dumping ground for garbage. Most design content has become poor quality, surface-level content marketing that does more damage than good, because it offers over-simplified, misinformed perspectives dressed up as guidance. When the experienced don’t write, grifters step in, feign expertise, and sell it. 

Frank Chimero’s blog

I have been reading Frank’s blog for a very long time. He writes about design, but when extrapolated it applies to the web culture and the Internet as well. When reading his latest post, I couldn’t help but nod my head in agreement. You can replace “design” with “venture capital,” “startups,” “marketing,” “fashion,” or just about anything, and the core message won’t change. More often than not, you will find much of this fluff on Medium or some copy cat version, like Forbes.com. Obviously, you know how I feel about content & marketing.

Why Medium’s layoffs coverage reflects media’s skewed barometer of news

Technology media, like media in general, in more recent times has always been happy to jump on the populist news bandwagon. The more consumer news is easy to cover, especially if it involves a billionaire founder, a sizzling platform and lots of venture capital. It generates a lot of attention. A perfect example is the recent story around the Medium layoffs and the company’s strategy shift, which if I were to bet, I would say will probably be centered around subscriptions. Continue reading “Why Medium’s layoffs coverage reflects media’s skewed barometer of news”