Early in November, Lauren Cusick, a former defense attorney, was listening to Serial. In one episode, a juror explained that a defendant’s choice not to testify contributed to a guilty verdict. In response, Cusick wrote a thoughtful, persuasive essay about a defendant’s invocation of Fifth Amendment rights and posted it on Medium.
Cusick, who now lives in Japan, has a personal blog, a Twitter account, and a Facebook page. She chose Medium, she said, because she had friends who used it to write about their areas of expertise and it seemed more professional than emotional outbursts on Facebook or Twitter’s noise. Plus, the barrier to entry was nil.
“I used their formatting tools, which were super easy,” she said. “It’s kind of nice to be able to able to use pull-quotes. It looked like a real magazine article.”
Her essay was added to the “For the Love of Podcast” collection on Medium, and, as of early December, had generated nearly 1,700 views and 905 reads, according to Medium’s analytics. Read more