Comments on: How to reboot Slate http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/08/29/how-to-reboot-slate/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Vanderleun http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/08/29/how-to-reboot-slate/#comment-390284 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:27:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=29038#comment-390284 “Slate is still young — very young. Founded in 1996″

Well yes….. but not in Internet Years. It’s from the stone age.

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By: Scott_Rosenberg http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2011/08/29/how-to-reboot-slate/#comment-390283 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:51:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=29038#comment-390283 “It’s time for Slate to fully embrace its startup roots.” Um, Slate was funded and nurtured by the most powerful tech company of its era and launched with coverage on the cover of Newsweek. How exactly is that “startup roots?”

I’m a devoted Slate reader myself. Nothing wrong with proposing strategies for its future. But the idea that Slate’s connections with first Microsoft and then the Washington Post have hurt it is ridiculous.

And there’s something historically tone-deaf to argue that “Slate was the original crazy experiment of its time.” I’m obviously biased, since I helped start Slate’s longtime competitor, Salon, and worked there for a decade. But really, if you want to find an example of “an original crazy experiment” with “startup roots,” then Salon — which has always been independent and VC-funded, like so many startups, and which launched long before Slate did — might make a better example.

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