…rs to organize their own cartel to negotiate algo-mgt with Medium. But that won't happen. Of course Medium has a profit-driven incentive to maximize the readership of fewer and incumbent veteran writers who need less support and curation. This is the future of our refeudalized gig economy labor market…
I disagree. Medium's business model is built on subscriptions therefore it would be in their interests to attract the widest possible audience by promoting a wide range of content to persuade more people that it is worth parting with a trivial sum every month in order to get access to what interests them.
A couple of years agi I read an item by site founder Ev Williams https://medium.com/@ev in which he acknowledged that the ads only business model for websites had failed. Unfortunately this subscription model is not succeeding overwhelmingly from what I read in business publications. That's sad, I would really like one of these platforms for writers to succeed, but so many have gone down the pan for the same reasons as George cites here; site managers allowing their political biases to influence business decisions, and favouring writers who all hold similar political positions.
The navigation system here is horrible, in fact it can hardly be called a navigation system, This is largely due to the reliance on Artificial Intelligence to populate feeds, which I find blocks people who want to explore the site and find writers they have no read before, instead directing us towards what the algo has "learned" from my past activity, especially if that activity is constrained by the extremely narow view I am given of the availanle material.