Love to read a thread well grounded in historical accuracy about the category of Journalism
One super valuable way to set up a structural complaint about something is by being as inaccurate and pejorative as you can be about people’s motives as they operate within the structure Image
I usually don't get defensive about my own Substack because it's fine to object to whatever nascent brand-building revolves around phrenologists and Cancel Culture grifters claiming it as their safe space, but this is just old-fashioned pious fake-professional gatekeeping
Established media outlets have higher standards about some things and lower standards about other things, and people have been looking for other ways to do what they're interested in doing for as long as the press has existed

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Aka "Perpetrating a naked fraud on gullible morons"?
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