Welcome to Arc Digital.
We’re a news and opinion publication founded in 2016. Since the very beginning, we have stood for responsible intellectual pluralism. It’s our core value. And we’re very proud of the community of readers we’ve amassed who share our commitment to good-faith dialogue.
The “pluralism” part of responsible intellectual pluralism means we are committed to publishing a variety of perspectives. Ours is a platform for omnidirectional opinion. That’s a non-negotiable for us. But the responsible part means we set certain editorial parameters so that our pages don’t turn into a bad-faith free-for-all.
Our media landscape is suffused with echo chambers. But the way out isn’t to become intellectually indiscriminate. The answer isn’t to journalistically operate under the assumption that every view is equally valid.
The solution is a publication that simultaneously retains an openness to perspectives from across the spectrum while remaining committed to important editorial constraints. That’s what we’ve built Arc to be.
We are after the smartest takes on the issues most worth discussing. That’s our simple-but-lofty mission: to be the best destination for analysis and commentary on the internet.
If you’re looking for a publication that restricts itself to a narrow lens, Arc won’t be the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with taking a niche focus—it just isn’t us.
Our areas of focus include politics, policy, social and cultural issues, world affairs, economics, science, technology, religion, and philosophy.
Since we’re a general interest publication, we’ll tend to cast a pretty wide net. We hope to cover, as Walt Whitman once put it, “all the pulses of the world.”
The world of news and opinion is structurally hostile to what we’re trying to do. It isn’t built for sites like ours. This is not a plea for pity — it’s just reality.
The architecture of internet discourse is designed to have each participant stake out a particular position. It doesn’t know what to do with a venue that functions more like a roundtable. There are constant pressures on us to relax our commitment to pluralism and to narrow in on a single perspective.
But we’re not interested in doing that. Plenty of sites already do that. Some of them even do it quite well. Our thing will be to remain committed to a politically and philosophically panoramic output. We think this approach serves our readers best.
It isn’t always easy to stay the course. It’s not lost on us that the surest path to social media growth and massive website traffic is to continually send out signals to the public that you will be a reliable defender of, a tireless advocate for, a particular point of view. A powerful mechanism for growth in the commentary space is to dependably champion a single perspective, to rigidly take a side — we understand that. But, well … we’re going to continue to do things our way.
If you think Arc represents something good, something worth backing in the world of digital media, join us. For 8 bucks a month, you help us prove that a better way exists.
The media is one of the least trusted institutions we have — doesn’t it make sense, then, to give oxygen to the outlets you think are doing things the right way?
Want To Write For Us?
The best way to get a sense of what we’re looking to publish is to read our site. Your pitch can be a quick but nuanced take on recent news, a book review, a scholarly argument shaped for popular consumption, a personal piece rich in insight and verve, or an explainer that helps readers better understand the world. We want to know what your piece is about (the scope), what you’re arguing (the thesis), and who you are. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we can’t guarantee a response.
Send your idea or draft to firstname.lastname@example.org.