“News consumption looks a lot more like a power curve than a bell curve”

FiveThirtyEight and the End of Average | stratēchery by Ben Thompson.

This was a good read but the thing that’s not right and bugged me was the implication that it’s the best articles that are in the head of the power law curve.

The implication of my news consumption being dominated by the tall skinny part of the power curve is that those who can regularly appear there – the best of the best – are going to win the zero sum game for my attention. And, for that, they will be justly rewarded.

It’s not the best of the best that regularly appear there because there’s all sorts of things that factor into virality which may not be factors in article quality.