Done with Substack

I had already passed through the point of not much fun, realizing that I enjoy writing more than reading. The facts and insights from various writers are not Shannon information. For the ‘cancelled’ elites like Dan Rather and Bari Weiss, Substack is just a money-making  rest stop on their way back to the Real Establishment.

Yesterday one of my subscribed writers singled out my comment for mockery.

Okay. That’s all. Done. I can get contempt for free, don’t need to pay for it. Unsubscribed everything.

A similar sequence happened last year with Quora. I had gradually reached the asymptote of not much fun, and then suddenly crossed over into negative fun.

In both cases the negative fun coincided with a management decision to supersize the superstars and ignore the independents.

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Later: Just for fun I tried peeking at Quora to see if it had improved. Nope. The three reasons I departed are still dominant.

1. Fantastically stupid notions about Americans.

2. IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ IQ

3. Super-horrific blood and guts pictures are right out in the open, slamming into your eyes with no cover screen or click-through. Now I’ve got to spend a couple days unseeing them.

In fairness: Before it was monetized, Quora had some valuable material that I haven’t found elsewhere. People from different countries and occupations discussed their places and homes and jobs and experiences openly. Everyone was trying to explain their situation to strangers. I learned unexpected facts that broke down my preconceptions about those places and jobs. Realistic narratives faded away after monetizing. I haven’t seen this type of realism at Substack where everyone is trying to fish for subscriptions with various tricks.

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