Kashmir Hill of The New York Instances profiled Techdirt founder Mike Masnick, who began running a blog in 1998.
Hill writes, “Mr. Masnick has been an in depth observer of the tech business’s rise from disruptive power to world-dominating energy middle, however he has by no means fairly managed to reap its astronomical monetary rewards for himself. One of the best ways to explain how he makes a dwelling is as an mental gig employee, equal components enterprise proprietor, tech journalist, coverage analyst, analysis fellow and sport designer.
“Techdirt has a handful of staff and paid contributors, virtually all chosen in meritocratic type from the feedback part. Due to Mr. Masnick’s dedication to the free circulation of data, Techdirt has by no means had a paywall. Promoting and help from the positioning’s million or so readers have by no means absolutely paid his payments.
“Mr. Masnick has written greater than 51,000 (typically prolonged) weblog posts, including extra a number of occasions a day, and likewise hosts a weekly podcast. On one Friday this month, he wrote about proposed A.I. regulations (principally unhealthy, in his opinion), a courtroom’s dismissal of a lawsuit in opposition to Amazon for promoting youngsters “suicide kits” (a tragic case however a very good ruling, he concluded), and legal challenges to “loopy” age-verification legal guidelines meant to guard youngsters on-line.”
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