More Media/Medium Bias?
by Alexander Zubatov
As much as I appreciate the noble intent behind this project, I think it’s a real concern when something that bills itself as a platform for writers embraces a controversial cause that is strongly associated with a left-of-center political agenda. As I’ve described here, https://medium.com/@Zoobahtov/enslaved-by-history-parasite-privilege-and-the-silenced-majority-98eeea6b6151, the prominent moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, among others, has noted how the political left is already regularly intimidating and silencing others who do not share its viewpoints. The lack of viewpoint diversity in academia and the media has been highlighted in numerous recent studies and articles, and you can find lots of great information about that here: http://heterodoxacademy.org/. Medium staff regularly recommends articles, and this increases the readership of some authors at the expense of others. How can we expect such recommendations to be politically unbiased when here we see Medium staff taking a strong position in favor of a left-leaning cause? My own politics range from far left to far right, depending on the issue, so I am not saying this as some sort of doctrinaire conservative, but I do think there is an epidemic of anti-intellectual left-leaning groupthink that has taken over academia and the media and is fueling a right-wing reaction, most clearly exemplified in widespread support enjoyed by the anit-P.C. media-defying Donald Trump. Medium would be well-advised to rethink its support for this project, or, at least, to find a right-of-center cause behind which to throw equal support.
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Alexander Zubatov is a practicing attorney specializing in general commercial litigation. He is also a practicing writer specializing in general non-commercial poetry, fiction, drama, essays and polemics. In the words of one of his intellectual heroes, José Ortega y Gasset, biography is “a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.”
Some of his articles have appeared in Acculturated, PopMatters, The Hedgehog Review, The Montreal Review, The Fortnightly Review, New English Review, Culture Wars and nthposition.
He makes occasional, unscheduled appearances on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Zoobahtov).