Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore

Sean Blanda, Medium, Jan 16, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Continuing an important conversation: "The reason so many fail isn’t because they aren’t well meaning or smart. It’s because the incentive structure of online news is fundamentally broken. Companies from Medium to The Washington Post to Mashable to Buzzfeed all eventually run into the same unthinkable truth: The methods used to fund modern journalism simultaneously undermine trust in the news outlets." These same truths apply to education. If we replace learning and social incentives with commercial incentives, we do so at our own peril. Excellent article, long and detailed.

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