The cartoonist Matt Bors will draw for Medium and edit a collection of cartoons called “The Nib,” he writes on the site Wednesday. His first piece is called “Unpaid Internships Must Be Destroyed.” The Nib will feature “political cartoons, comics journalism, and other non-fiction comics from some of the best in the field.”
Bors’ hire further enriches the question of what, exactly, Medium is. It’s an open platform for publishing, but it’s also an editorial operation. It bought the science site Matter earlier this year and has editors who commission and pay for pieces. (I’ve written two unsolicited pieces on Medium for free, mostly to check it out, and I was pleased with the response I got.)
“Medium wasn’t building a magazine, I realized, but a magazine killer,” Alexis C. Madrigal wrote in a post last month. But Medium’s “boundaries and limits” are unclear, he wrote. “If anything defines a publication, it is what it *doesn’t* do.” He goes on to try to define it.
Medium is chaotically, arrhythmically produced by a combination of top-notch editors, paid writers, PR flacks, startup bros, and hacks.
Is it the publication for our particular moment?