The article is written with sarcasm in mind :-)
Probably even implying that that’s how medium.com is working these days ?
I don’t know if this is ironic or not, but the “article” greys out after a single paragraph, leading to a banner ad asking me to sign up for Medium. Is that really how it should be done these days?
Anyway, I don’t mind paying for news, services, and content (music, movies, books, etc.), but I personally don’t find sites like Medium valuable enough to pay for.
In fact, I’d generalize it to most of the stuff posted on Lobste.rs and HN. I’m interested in other people’s opinions, ways of doing things, and neat projects, but not so much that I’d pay to read about them.
The article is nothing but one person’s opinion, and literally every web developer will have their own thoughts on the topic. What’s so valuable about this person’s opinion that I should pay for it?
I’m really hoping federated platforms like Plume will start replacing Medium. The main reason a lot of people use Medium is discoverability, and federation provides a solution for that. And I think this approach is strictly superior because with ActivityPub discoverability works across a whole bunch of sites, and across different platforms as opposed to just being constrained to Medium. With Plume, you could run your own site, and federate it with others, and you could federate with services like Mastodon, and so on. This also means that no single federated service needs to get the critical mass on its own.