Teh Internets In Other Inter-Tubes
posted by October 6 at 12:00 PMon
This past Friday night, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton announced he was laying off 19 editorial positions on his blogs, and cancelling his bonus plan, which had something to do with the number of comments each post received. Denton cites a probable dearth of future ad sales as the reason for the layoffs.
One of the editors he laid off was Moe Tkacik, who was one of Gawker Media’s big up-and-comers. Tkacik had just moved from Jezebel to Gawker’s main site. Denton, of course, is the genius who sold Wonkette, which was the best thing Gawker Media ever produced, in the middle of an election year.
And then Tina Brown, who either destroyed The New Yorker or made it relevant again, depending on who you ask, is back with her take on the Huffington Post, The Daily Beast. The first thing I saw on the Daily Beast when I just now looked it up? Chaos. It’s all black and red and there are a bunch of very confusing layout decisions. The second thing I saw on The Daily Beast when I focused on one black and red square? A story titled “When Did John McCain Become Mad Max?” by Tucker Carlson. Looking a little closer, there’s something about Jeremy Piven (gross!), a contribution from Bill Clinton (grosser!), and a bunch of other incredibly boring articles that take forever to load. I’ll check back on The Daily Beast periodically, to see if they improve their website design, but right now, this looks like as big a failure for Brown as Talk Magazine was, back in the day.