Matt Taibbi’s departure from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media at the end of October left behind a staff of well-known journalists without an editor in chief or even a website. Racket, the Spy-inspired digital publication, had been slated to launch sometime this fall, but with Mr. Taibbi’s exit its future is no longer certain.
“I was excited by Matt’s editorial vision and hoped to help him bring it to fruition,” Mr. Omidyar wrote in a blog post at the time. “Now we turn our focus to exploring next steps for the talented team that has worked to create Matt’s publication.”
So far, that next step has been Racket Teen, a tumblr where Taibbi’s former team posts Internet in-jokes in the voice of a news savvy teenager, as imagined by a group of writers in their 20s and 30s. Yesterday, Racket Teen wrote Today in Tabs for everyone’s favorite Internet dad Rusty Foster, who was one of the first people to tout the new Tumblr last week. Is Racket Teen the product of a newsroom with too much time and no clear editorial mission? Is it such a high-concept joke that it is hard to make sense of? Is it an amusing way to spend a few minutes on the Internet? Yes, probably, to all.
This morning, The Observer tried our best to talk teen and sent over some questions. Read our Q&A with Racket Teen below:
PLZ RUN ASAP- we are impetuous teens.
What do parents just not understand about Racket Teen?
What DO they understand? Parents think Racket Teen is just cusses and gifs and the future of journalism. It’s more than that. It’s also about teen engagement, and being so alone, and Eddie Snowden and the #Baehill.
What’s Racket Teen’s spirit animal?
What’s the best thing about being you?
Couple things. As teens we are about as far away from death without being stupid babies. Also, being popular on the internet when we feel so alone at school.
What’s the weirdest thing about being you?
Being popular on the internet and so alone at school. Maybe that’s the most normal thing about us.
What was RT’s most embarrassing moment?
Being born. Sucks being naked with adults around, and not having developed the muscle tone or coordination to internet.
What was it like to be Rusty Foster for a day?
Like being the first teen to blog from Everest. Beautiful, but cold, so cold, and we can’t breathe, help us. Please.
If Racket Teen had to pick a moon sign, what would it be?
We’re a total Sagittarius. We have a little horse body, we are gregarious, and we attract lots of friends.
If Racket Teen could only follow one person on Twitter, who would it be?
Where does Racket Teen go to read the news?
We are the news.
What’s the future of news? Is there a future?
Lol, we’re not even old enough to be interns! If there is a future we hope to become content nodules in an ideation matrix orbiting exoplanet PSR Bi1620-26 b.
Did Adnan Syed do it?
No, that crime was not committed by a teen.
Fuck, Marry, Kill: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
F:Twitter K:Facebook M: <3TUMBLR<3
What word should we ban in 2016?
Jaden or Willow? and why?
¡¡¡Shiloh Jolie Pitt!!!