Thanks very much. That is indeed what I aim to do and it’s how I naturally think and write (the subversiveness and refusal to sell out come from years of studying philosophy).
I’m not sure I’ll be able to stand out much on Medium, though. The curation process here seems to be as arbitrary and random as the manatee writing process in that South Park episode that satirized Family Guy. I actually proved as much with the recent series I did here on religion: those articles were pretty much equal in quality and they had comparable subject matter, but some got curated while others didn’t.
I’m looking at the most popular articles on Medium (the ones with thousands of claps), and I’m finding they’re hardly the ones that are most worthy of being read. Medium isn’t a meritocracy and neither is Google. So to stand out with nonfiction writing, I think you pretty much have to sell out your principles. In fact, I already sold out somewhat by switching from writing on my blog to writing on Medium (with the baby-paragraph format on Medium). But I’m not sophist enough to be able to write full-on garbage just to try to make more money or to gain more readers.
I’m also trying to find similarly-subversive (radical, esoteric, uncompromising) Medium publications and writers, and they’re not so easy to find. Thanks for the advice, though. Maybe it would be wise to find some local collaborators.
By the way, you’re Wallace Runnymede from Glossy News, right? My apologies for not getting back to writing satires for that site. I decided to focus for a while on writing philosophical stuff for my blog, and then came Medium. It’s a struggle either way.