My experience as an author at Medium is so far disappointing. Just by looking at the preferred texts mentioned by the Medium “Elevators” I see focus on personal introspective. It is natural for teenagers, who suddenly discover their adulthood. But a little of reading would tell them that they are not the first in the written history of the humankind.
The Chinese proverb wishes us not to live in interesting times. It is not our choice; we live in the interesting times. Coincidentally, about 40 years ago, when I was at the age (it appears this way) of most writers and editors at Medium, I also lived in interesting times, in Poland at the eve of the collapse of the Soviet system. I found great fulfillment from writing about problems we faced there and then. Today, I have a great satisfaction from that experience; I was a part of that great historical transformation.
I do not see on Medium any attempts to get involved in our political struggle, which I see of similar historical significance as the one I participated back in Poland 40 years ago. The most, Medium reprints texts from a few major media outlets. If the major media outlets got it right, we would not have dysfunctional politics in the scale we have. I believe that Medium has a shot in expanding public political debates beyond the mantra dominating in mass media.
This would be a great benefit for the nation, and obviously an intriguing business opportunity for Medium. I sense that the editors at Medium realize that they do not have experience necessary to manage this kind of task and they stay away from it. For me, as a vibrant political writer, this is unfortunate.