For me, Medium is like open mike night at the local standup comedy club. Those who want to can clamber up onto the stage and present their material. The audience is never sure when they enter the club and settle down at the table whether they'll be treated to a rising star or just the same kind of stuff they hear over the top of their cubicles during the workday. Hit-or-miss, largely random. If you don't expect much, sometimes you're pleasantly surprised. But here's the thing: who expects to make money doing standup gigs on open mike night? I personally am astonished to discover that Medium remits to me each month more than the price of my annual subscription. This is basically doing standup for a free drink at the bar. Of course some folk need to make enough to pay the bills, but perhaps they should be looking elsewhere? Few jesters, after all, would look to their local comedy club as a reliable means to earn rent money.

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.

Anyone who enjoys my articles here on Medium may be interested in my books Why Democracy Failed and The Praying Ape, both available from Amazon.