Why you should shun publishers that strip links from your articles

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Links are as much a part of content as punctuation. If you submit an article and the publisher or site removes them, they’re removing substantive content, violating publishing ethics, and behaving arrogantly. Writers should avoid any site that behaves this way. Here’s why I’m talking about this today — it’s what happened when my friend … Continued

What? Me, biased?

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My post Friday on Donald Trump’s new site and sort-of social network struck some nerves. One commenter said “As a social commentator, you cover for tyranny.” That seemed a little nasty. Two things are true. First, I am anti-Trump. I did a whole series of posts about it before the election. I’m not trying to … Continued

Why Donald Trump’s “social network” is smarter than it looks

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For months, we’ve heard the rumor that ex-President Trump was starting a social network. It’s up now. It’s called “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.” As a social network, it sucks. But as a functional equivalent to Trump’s former Twitter account, it’s likely to succeed. How Trump’s new megaphone works Here are the rules … Continued

Struggling to say something new? Here are 6 ways to break out of your rut.

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If you want to attract attention with your writing, you have to say something new. If those thoughts running around in your head seem like what everyone else has already written about, that’s a problem. None of us want to read yet another post about how customer experience is important, you should measure what matters, … Continued

What is “woke,” really? And why everyone is fighting about it?

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For years, progressives, especially Black progressives, have been explaining that people need to be “woke” — that is, fully aware of and pursuing action on racial and equity issues. Now there’s a conservative “anti-woke” backlash. But what exactly is “woke,” and why is it such a flashpoint? Merriam-Webster says “woke” is a slang term that … Continued

What’s wrong with online advertising?

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I’m planning a major piece on the problems with online advertising. And I want to hear from you. It feels to me like we’ve driven the digital world into a ditch. I don’t mind advertising that’s helping keep content free, or cheap. But I can’t figure out how these ads are supposed to be actually … Continued

The future of book publishing, censorship, and “cancel culture”

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Simon & Schuster will not distribute a book by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the policemen who shot Breonna Taylor. But crucially, this is not a publisher cancelling a book — Simon & Schuster is the book’s distributor. Let’s take a look at all the choke points in publishing and how their reaction to offensive … Continued