Yup, then I wonder why not just ditch medium and stick with the NYT, WSJ, Economist, etc? The reason I think is because medium can cover more topics and opinions but you have to take it all with a grain of salt. That’s its role. It might make you aware of topics you can fact check elsewhere or just find amusing anecdotes.
Which comes back to what is the purpose of paying $5. I used to enjoy Medium more but I’m finding more and more banal stuff ..but it’s mixed with good material. Where does the $5 help?