Vox co-founder Matt Yglesias quits, cites ‘inherent tension’ in his role

Along with the bizarre and unexpected news stories of 2020, the media landscape itself — both mainstream and alternative — has seen its share of turmoil this year.

As Fox News recently reported, the latest surprise came with the abrupt resignation of Matthew Yglesias from Vox, the left-leaning news site he co-founded.

“Fiercely independent and at times contentious”

The initial report of his departure from the popular media outlet cited “an inherent tension” between his position as co-founder and his desire to express his own opinions.

He expressed a continued affection for the site he helped create even as he announced his decision in a post on Slow Boring, his new blog.

“I love Vox, but there was an inherent tension between my status as a co-founder of the site and my desire to be a fiercely independent and at times contentious voice,” he wrote.

Yglesias identified blogging as his “first media love,” asserting that “while Vox has evolved over the years into many things, it is really not a blog.”

He teased the announcement on Sunday in a tweet alerting his followers to big personal news he would be sharing, later explaining that he was “moving on” to launch his blog on the subscription-based platform Substack.

“Too much of current political debate”

“I’ve been wanting for some time to reclaim what I had in my blog days as an independent voice, and a great opportunity has arisen for me to do that on Substack where today I’m launching a new site that you can find and read all about here,” Yglesias wrote.

In explaining what his audience can expect to find on Slow Boring, he took the opportunity to oppose the current online publishing model, which prioritizes clicks and seeks to promote content that suits readers’ political biases.

“Much too much of current political debate consists of people clicking ‘like’ on content that flatter their prejudices and biases — content that is usually crafted by other people in order to harvest those clicks,” he wrote.

Instead of contributing to that atmosphere, he stated his intention to build meaningful relationships with his audience and return to the form of blogging that focuses on the quality of content instead of focusing on triggering the emotions of readers.

He previously stood up against a troubling trend among progressive activists, as reported by Fox News. Earlier this year, he joined a list of 150 primarily liberal journalists, professors, and activists who voiced their deep concern regarding so-called “cancel culture,” or seeking retribution against individuals for their expression of unpopular opinions.

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