My first ever "News on the Record" column, which was published in January of 2019, was entitled "Something Is Happening in the Commentary Space" and discussed the bevy of new online media projects that had appeared in the post-2015 era and were committed to providing an alternative to the left-leaning media, right-leaning media duopoly. Looking back on these projects now, not only did they largely fail to attenuate the partisanship and tribalism they aimed to abate, they, in many cases, gave rise to tribes of their own. For instance, as Matt McManus argued in December of 2019, 11 months after my aforementioned column ran, the Intellectual Dark Web was already becoming as predictable and staid as many of the media outlets its component publications had been created to provide an alternative to.
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