Who says there's no money in journalism? Because buried halfway through another article about the problems with the launch of
Virgin Galactic First Look Media is this mention of a fierce bidding war going on among the start ups:
...The loss of Mr. Taibbi, a journalist with an avid following, is a blow to First Look as it tries to distinguish itself in a fiercely competitive and crowded start-up digital media market. Among others, Fusion, Vox and Quartz have been hiring reporters and editors with web experience. Medium, started by two of the founders of Twitter, is something between a publisher and a platform. And BuzzFeed and Vice have recently expanded their reporting ambitions and raised millions from eager investors. Even older companies like Bloomberg Media are seeking to revamp themselves with infusions of fresh talent.
All of this is happening at such a vast social distance from me it feels like the slight shudder of some earthquake happening in a different time zone, or a wild sunset brought on by a volcano erupting far beyond the horizon.
Yes, the heaving of fault lines and spewing of lava is real, but almost everyone involved has worked so very hard to make it clear that the opinions of flyover grunts like me do not matter at all -- do not in any way factor into their decision-making -- that beyond making sure the echoes of their tectonic org-chart shimmies don't knock my copies of "Boss" and "The Loudest Voice In The Room" off the nightstand, or taking the kids out at dusk to see the trippy sky show, what the fuck is Hecuba to me or me to Hecuba?
Are not all lovely things far away?