Nice way of looking at it, Greg. And a wonderfully elegant and eloquent exposition of that position, it was really vividly put. I really appreciate you giving me a different take on this and taking the time to leave a comment.
What a bunch of self-serving BS. Whether a story is free or paid, the objective for most (if not all) writers on Medium is to make money. Either directly (via membership fees) or indirectly (by selling some product or idea).
A quick survey of members-only stories shows that 95% of the titles are just as clickbait-y as free…
It’s interesting that you write on medium but don’t pay for it. I’ve found the paid-for writing here some of the most compelling I’ve found (online) in quite a while.
This post offered a perspective I hadn’t considered. As a writer, I’d love it if we could convince everyone to get on board with it!