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July 23, 2019, 2:16 p.m.
LINK: www.huffpost.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   July 23, 2019

Mic was an easy company to make fun of. (I guess I technically shouldn’t use the past tense, since Bustle Digital Group is still churning out content at the URL. But I mean the ur-Mic, the one that laid everybody off and had a firesale of its brand assets last November.) There was such a disconnect between its high-minded rhetoric and its editorial strategy, which — with important exceptions! — seemed largely based on low-grade aggregation of things that make liberal millennials so mad. (Things Mic actually said out loud at some point: Mic “is the Voice Of the Future, and Will Make Millennials Part Of the Political Process.” Mic “is the voice of our generation.”

But Mic was also, in its way, an exemplar of a certain generation of social-fueled, millennial-seeking digital news site, one that got lots wrong but a few important things right. So I’m glad that HuffPost’s Maxwell Strachan went deep in this new piece on what happened to the onetime industry darling. Here are a few of the highlights and lowlights:

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The Kansas City Defender is a nonprofit news site for young Black audiences across the Midwest
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