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Matthew Yglesias On How Writers Are Adapting In A Dynamic Media World

“I think digital media has become less friendly to trouble makers,” Matt Yglesias told Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Matthew Yglesias, author the Slow Boring newsletter, explains his decision to leave Vox to start a paid newsletter on Substack. Yglesias and host Ben Domenech dive into how media ecosystems on both the right and left are changing.

“I think digital media has become less friendly to trouble makers,” Yglesias said. “It’s not like there’s a totalitarian framework in which Matt couldn’t pitch his stories at Vox. I definitely could, but there is a difference between an ethic that’s like ‘We want to encourage everybody to be their most troublesome selves’ vs. ‘Well, we want to be really careful with that.'”

Later in the show, Yglesias offered insight into controversial policy proposals such as universal base income and family-friendly employer policies.

“It polls better if you do it as like an unfunded mandate for corporations, but it probably makes more technical sense to like have government kick the money in, but then it becomes a question of how do you get the votes in Congress one way or the other,” Yglesias remarked. 

Yglesias is the author of a new book on the importance of a growing population, One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger.”

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