“When someone comes into your house and throws shit around, you get pissed,” Anna Holmes told The Observer. She was speaking in metaphor: The house was the Gawker Media women’s interest blog Jezebel, of which she was the founding editor; the someone was the blog’s commenters, a famously undisciplined crowd.
“If you open your front door to people they just act like jerks,” agreed former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson. Now the managing editor of Animal NY, he favors abolishing comments sections altogether.
Blog proprietor Nick Denton has a different plan—he’s giving them the run of the place. The commenters are creating content, after all, just like the writers. What’s the difference?
“I want to erase this toxic Internet class system,” he told The Observer in a gmail chat.
“Nick has always loved to subtly and not so subtly insult his employees,” said Gawker writer John Cook. “He thinks of us as glorified commenters.”
Today’s apparently a big day at Gawker Media! In addition to the beginning of the tenure of new sales VP Andrew Gorenstein—sent to Gawker by way of Conde Nast—it is also the first day former Slate columnist (and Observer media reporter) Tom Scocca begins at Deadspin (officially, now that his co-workers hate him)! We know this because his bullpen neighbor—sister-site Jezebel’s Tracie Egan Morrissey—blogged about what an awful person he is to sit next to.
30 Rock last night satirized both Jezebel–recast as “JoanOfSnark”–and the blog chatter about Tina Fey’s failures as a feminist. The episode dealt with protagonist Liz Lemon’s struggles with a new, disconcertingly flirtatious female writer–and ended up at the conclusion that there are many different ways to be feminist, and that Liz Read More
Much of Jon Stewart’s schtick involves critiquing the media, but those who question Stewart face the wrath of his devoted followers.
At his Oct. 30 “Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity” where he spoke before approximately 200,000 supporters, Stewart focused on the press, or as he described it, “the country’s 24-hour political pundit Read More
“This is Jezebel’s moment,” Nick Denton says at the end of The New York Times piece about Gawker’s women’s blog in today’s Business section.
The piece is flatly expository. “Who exactly is Jezebel?” the reporter asks at the end of the first paragraph, before going on to talk about traffic, ad revenue and Read More
Jezebel v. Daily Show has been an ongoing internet feud–a cordial feud, but a feud nonetheless–worth watching for some time now. No progress has been made, as far as we can tell. But it certainly is ongoing!
It all started about two weeks ago, when Jezebel’s Irin Carmon posted a long investigation Read More
One sunny afternoon a few summers back, some dudes gathered at Guy Mellitz’ studio apartment on 21st Street and Third Avenue to bro-out.
There was Ted, an aspiring James Taylor type; Jason, an aspiring TV editor, who occasionally played fiddle to Ted’s guitar; Subieta, a friend of Jason’s from Read More
Even this populist Democratic National Convention has a seating chart, and therefore a social hierarchy.
According to the DNC’s rubric, The Washington Post is deserving of the better seat than The Times, and Jezebel and Glamour deserve a closer seat than The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones and Portfolio.
First, a little background. There’s Read More
After at least five people made for the exits from Radar in the last two months, Radar editor Maer Roshan told the Observer in early June that the magazine would make "impressive" new hires. He held good on his promise. Moe Tkacik, the caustic, speedy and popular writer at Jezebel, is joining radaronline.com Read More
Music critic. Blogger. Photographer. Composer… Advice columnist?
That’s the newest gig The New Yorker‘s Sasha Frere-Jones can add to his C.V. after appearing in Jezebel’s popular "Pot Psychologist" video advice feature this week.
Mr. Frere-Jones appears alongside the usual Pot Psychologists, Tracie "Read More