Great Articles That the Curators Snubbed

Content matters — at least, it should

Douglas Giles, PhD

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If I was asked to name the five most important living philosophers, Seyla Benhabib would definitely make the list. Professor Benhabib is on faculty at Columbia University and Yale University. She has published extensively on the philosophy of human rights, culture, community, law, citizenship, and migration.

The Hannah Arendt Center is a Medium member, publishing articles on the philosophy of politics, justice, interpersonal relations, and human rights. The Center is a wonderful addition to Medium, their publications continuing in the spirit of Hannah Arendt with deep and vital thinking.

The Hannah Arendt Center recently published a philosophy article, “An Open Letter To My Friends Who Signed ‘Philosophy for Palestine’” by Professor Benhabib — an open letter about the current events in Israel and Palestine. This is an important piece by a world-renowned scholar writing in their field of expertise on one of the most significant current issues. It deserves to be read. It deserves to be Boosted (selected by Medium’s Curation Team for higher distribution to readers).

Medium’s gatekeepers decided it isn’t worth showing to you.

Screenshot of e-mail received from Medium Curation Team snubbing Professor Benhabib’s article (the formatting error is from their e-mail)

The article was rejected for Boost distribution at least twice. At least two qualified people nominated the story, and at least twice it was rejected as an article not meeting Medium’s Quality Guidelines. Content, author’s experience, and craftsmanship are the major quality measures, as stated by Medium. Professor Benhabib and her open letter about current events in Israel and Palestine more than meet the quality guidelines. But it was rejected, at least twice, as not being quality.

It fits a pattern of Medium’s gatekeepers rejecting articles that contain philosophy in their title or topic tag. I was invited by Medium to be part of their Boost nomination program because of my decades of experience in publishing and as a professor of philosophy. Medium contracts me to select quality articles and nominate them for a Boost. The curation team then decides whether to Boost the nominated…

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Douglas Giles, PhD

Philosopher by trade & temperament, professor for 21 years, bringing philosophy out of its ivory tower and into everyday life. https://linktr.ee/dgilesphd