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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gawker Stalker

posted by on October 17 at 13:20 PM

I read New York magazine on the plane yesterday, and in addition to this piece, which I’ll probably post about later, I devoured this great cover story by Vanessa Grigoriadis: Everybody Sucks: Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass.

Discussed in her tough and very funny story: One of my favorite snarky blogs; the alleged class envy that young bloggers feel toward older, old-style journalists; how much a Gawker writer makes per post ($12); how much Tom Wolfe makes per word ($6); how much Gawker took in last year (maybe $14 million); the exact location of the new KGB of media gossip; premature ejaculation; Neal Pollack; the man behind the IM handle DarkLordBalthazar; a polka-dot Nanette Lepore suit; and this quote: “We’re a drug ring, not a bunch of bloggers.”

Worth a read, in my humble opinion.

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wow. they are paid per post? that's crazy. especially with how popular gawker, wonkette, and deadspin are. gizmodo, too, really. they always joke about how denton rips them off, but i thought it was just joking!

Posted by konstantConsumer | October 17, 2007 1:49 PM

Remember that Psychology 101-type study in which people were instructed to shock another person, the variable being that some of the shockees were hooded and some were not? The shocks were actually fake but the hooded and therefore anonymous subjects were always given worse fake shocks. The experiment showed that removing personal contact decreases compassion. It is apparent many people use the anonymity provided by blogs, Slogs and net comments boards to act out aggressions they would otherwise mask. There is very little common civility in the 'net.
I wonder if that is because the classic computer geek has an image of being antisocial or socially inept and that somehow inspired bad behavior for all. I know lots of folks who will say things on the 'net they wouldn't say to one's face. Nasty people used to send poison pen letters, unsigned and cowardly attacks, times have not changed anything but the medium.

Posted by inkweary | October 17, 2007 1:52 PM

Quick question for the hipsters. Am I:

1. A complete loser for never caring about stupid Gawker?

2. Ahead of the cool curve for never caring about stupid Gawker?

Posted by monty | October 17, 2007 2:30 PM
Posted by RIGHT? | October 17, 2007 2:31 PM


The fact that you have to ask hipsters for their opinion on anything related to yourself automatically puts you in the "Loser" category.

Posted by COMTE | October 17, 2007 2:37 PM

Screw Gawker. is way better.

Posted by Anne | October 17, 2007 2:41 PM

Gawker writers get $12 a post? That's a lot more than I thought.

If it's not enough, then why are people falling over themselves to post there? There's certainly no shortage of posts.

Posted by Fnarf | October 17, 2007 4:10 PM

God, scandals involving New York media figures are like mobius strips made of boring.

Posted by laterite | October 17, 2007 6:08 PM

Ha, if clowns like Choire Sicha and Emily Gould are the future of journalism, we're all screwed. These people take shoddiness, inaccuracy, and lack of media ethics to a new level.

Posted by H.T. Peters | October 18, 2007 11:08 AM

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