“The people who used to be sources for news stories can go direct,” said New York University media critic Jay Rosen. And if enough well-known people do it on Medium, at a certain point, “imitation takes over,” he said.
It’s a new way to publish for a lot of people because it eliminates not only institutional barriers (editors) but technical ones as well.
“It’s becoming this marketplace for candidates to post, to go around the filter of the traditional media,” said PolitiFact’s executive director, Aaron Sharockman. Medium lets readers annotate specific passages, and Sharockman said his writers would use this feature to fact check right in the margins of politicians’ posts.
This is always the next step. An ‘ecosystem’. Other players interacting and reacting.