Masnick’s Techdirt has been chronicling since 1998

Kashmir Hill of The New York Occasions 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 trade’s rise from disruptive pressure to world-dominating energy middle, however he has by no means fairly managed to reap its astronomical monetary rewards for himself. The easiest way to explain how he makes a residing is as an mental gig employee, equal elements enterprise proprietor, tech journalist, coverage analyst, analysis fellow and recreation designer.

“Techdirt has a handful of staff and paid contributors, virtually all chosen in meritocratic model from the feedback part. Due to Mr. Masnick’s dedication to the free move of data, Techdirt has by no means had a paywall. Promoting and assist from the location’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 court docket’s dismissal of a lawsuit in opposition to Amazon for promoting youngsters “suicide kits” (a tragic case however a superb ruling, he concluded), and legal challenges to “loopy” age-verification legal guidelines meant to guard kids on-line.”

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