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The Platonic Newsletter

I think I’ve cracked it.

Chris Cook
Chris Cook
1 min read

A few months ago, other people suggested to me that I should set up a newsletter of some kind. It is, after all, the new thing. I am deeply unconvinced about this idea.

The newsletters that work seem to fall into two categories. They are either by proper specialist reporters - people who go to all the press conferences and read all the documents in one narrow domain - or they are by opinion writers. In a very small number of cases, the authors are both. I think I am neither.

Still, part of the reason that this site exists is to service this hypothetical product. So there is an email signup form. If you sign up, you'll get whatever comes in the event that I work out what a newsletter from me would actually look like.  If you sign up to the list, you can also comment on articles.

At the moment, though, no email actually goes out. And there are no articles to comment on. Maybe this is the ideal? I get to be the kind of up-to-the-minute guy who has a newsletter and you get to politely show interest in what I am doing. But I do not actually need to write an email, and you do not need to read one. Honestly. I think this might be the future of newsletters. ❦


Chris Cook

Chris is an award-winning reporter and a contributing editor at Tortoise. He was previously BBC Newsnight's public policy editor.