Here’s a small sample of the daily essay headlines on Medium.com, and website for writers to establish a following: “Another kind of toxic masculinity.”
“Dear white people, please stop invading my space.”
“Sexist Halloween costumes show us how far we haven’t come.”
“The treatment of migrants likely ‘meets the definition of mass atrocity’.”
“Women shouldn’t have to be afraid of running for office.”
“Amazon is an even bigger threat to privacy than Facebook.”
“Dear men, I don’t owe you a thing.”
“The solution to feeling like life sucks, in a three minute read.”
“How Dating Men in Their 30s Compares to Dating Middle-School Boys.” (Spoiler: They’re very similar).
“You can just have sex with someone.”
“Please, Just Call Me Fat (correcting me when I call myself fat is another form of marginalization).”
“What Your Thinness Has Taken From You.” (I told you my reality as a fat person, but you weren’t able to hear it).
Cavil: to make often peevish criticisms or objections about matters that are minor, unimportant, or irrelevant. Synonyms for cavil: carp, fuss, niggle, nitpick, quibble.
Near Antonyms for cavil: applaud, commend, compliment, praise, recommend, approve, champion, endorse.
The point of writing on Medium is to have readers, the way to get readers is to start with a headline that attracts interest. The majority of the headlines sound to me like cavils or complaints. Is that what attracts interest? Has Medium and sites like it become the new alternative “progressive press”?
My favorite headline so far is: “The Progressive press is facing mass extinction.” The subheading is: “Deadspin, Splinter, and ThinkProgress are gone.” The willful blindness of someone who believes those statements is apparent in the essay (or op-ed?), some of which is reproduced here: The mainstream media is hopelessly neutral. Who’s left to check capitalism? When the mainstream press does cover contentious issues, it often paves over clear moral distinctions in favor of “impartiality,” something a leftist press has always understood is not a necessary prerequisite for journalism. People mostly assume that the mainstream media “leans left,” but that only really holds up if you hold that Fox News’s open calls for a white ethno-state are the center. John F. Harris, a founding editor of Politico, realized this in a remarkably self-aware column last week: The mainstream media is biased toward status-quo centrism, not toward “the leftTruly progressive or leftist publications don’t fall into these traps, but in doing so, they often violate the norms that most of the mainstream press adheres to. In short, as Alex Pareene wrote for the New Republic, they’re fucking rude. The problem with punching up — the core aspect of leftist writing — is that the people above you have all the money.
And the people with the money don’t tend to be all that leftist. Billionaires who do fund journalism, such as the Washington Post’s Jeff Bezos and the Los Angeles Times’ Patrick Soon-Shiong, aren’t putting money behind work that threatens their net worth — they own safe, mainstream publications. Pierre Omidyar’s support of the Intercept is the closest to crossing that line, but even then, a billionaire’s whims are fickle. It’s every progressive’s job to make sure their own press doesn’t get left behind.
Could it be that the MAIN REASON the Progressive press is facing extinction is that 1- they are liars, hypocrites and lovers of totalitarianism? Or 2- remarkably un-self aware? 3- Or both? I choose #3.