Well, yeah, pretty much so

Through much of the 2010s, the growth of upstart publications like Vox.com and BuzzFeed suggested that traditional institutions, including The Times and The Washington Post, would wither.

“I think that analysis was pretty mistaken,” Mr. Klein said.

Digital publishing, he explained, doesn’t abide by zero-sum rules: Readers of one publication may also read hundreds of others.

Took some time to get there of course.

If people are going to buy/read a bundle it’ll probably come from those who know how to create a bundle.

And if they’re not going to read a bundle, instead pick and choose from different sources, then what point a bundle?

What with Matty Yglesias gone as well, that’s pretty much the end of that publication. Not that I particularly like either of them but they do have a certain talent, not a description I’d allot to the rest of them at Vox (meaning Vox the site, not the company).

And, like Matt Y, if people will choose you bundle or no then why be part of the bundle?

4 thoughts on “Well, yeah, pretty much so”

  1. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    There seems to be a working assumption that Yglesias, Klein and What’s Her Name all left Vox of their own accord. Given that Vox is a laughingstock and its content is shit, I’m not sure I buy into that assumption. All of senior management leaving within two weeks to “pursue other ” suggests this is less than coincidental.

    Developing and running a serious news and opinion site does not appear to be among the talents they possess. That’s why Vox is what it is. You don’t hire the likes of Ian Millhiser and Dylan Matthews when you know what you are doing. I suspect Vox is bleeding cash and Klein, Yglesias and What’s Her Name couldn’t figure out how to solve that problem.

  2. If the NYT isn’t withering, why are they sacking people? Ditto Guardian.

    I no longer pay attention to the legacy media as their reporting on the news has more and more become commentary.

    I get my news from the Web and commentary from the likes of Styx. Even the thought of smug Guardian contributor faces leering out of their byline enrages me.

  3. ‘Through much of the 2010s, the growth of upstart publications like Vox.com and BuzzFeed suggested that traditional institutions, including The Times and The Washington Post, would wither.

    “I think that analysis was pretty mistaken,” Mr. Klein said.’

    WaPo circulation dropped 37% in the 2010s. ‘Wither’ seems a good word.

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