Evening Must-Read: Matthew Yglesias: Newsletters Are the New Weblogs

Matthew Yglesias: I’m writing a newsletter: “I made the case for Obama’s new regulations…

…on investment advisors, did an explainer on Greece’s deal with the Eurogroup, aggregating some cool diagrams of an energy-negative house in Australia, aggregated a cool chart about cohabitation among unmarried parents, and offered a hot take on partisanship and patriotism…. Those pieces… are all designed for the social web as it exists in the winter of 2014-2015, which is to say that they are designed to be viable as atomic pieces of content read and shared by people who have no idea who I am or what I’ve done before. There’s a lot to like about the contemporary social web, but one thing it lacks that I loved about blogging was the sense of direct, continual engagement between author and audience. My solution to that, I hope, is a newsletter. Specifically this newsletter. Communication between myself and a self-selected audience of individuals who I hope will subscribe with the intention of reading regularly and coming back for more…. Though I will always–always–have a very special place in my heart for blogging as a medium…. This will be like blogging, but for your inbox… it will come out frequently–but unpredictably. And like a Matthew Yglesias blog, it will come with plenty of typos and minimal editing…

February 25, 2015

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