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Max Read is the editor of New York Magazine’s vertical Select All. You might also know his name from Gawker, where he worked from 2010 to 2015, eventually becoming its Editor-in-Chief. To me, his time there is most notable for his absolute mastery of the short “this thing is bad and if you disagree with me you’re dumb” posts, which I have on occasion shamelessly copied (La Croix is obviously garbage). To others, he’s...
Well, kids, it’s come to this. It looks like Gawker is going out of business. Following a frankly hilarious post about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, the company, its founder Nick Denton, and the post’s author AJ Daulerio have all been sued into bankruptcy (full disclosure, I wrote for AJ at a post-Gawker project). The court case was a joke–the plaintiff’s argument was basically this crossed with this–but the verdict isn’t. Gawker Media will be...
It would be hard to argue that all coverage of the Oscars or of public figures in general needs to be fully devoid of ad hominem attacks, because that element of the "outrage machine" is kind of the Internet's bread-and-butter, and it's something of which many writers are susceptible (i.e. calling someone a "dick" instead of just sexist). Which is why, for the most part, these kinds of blog posts are easy to ignore,...
Sam Smith caught a longread of heat from Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak yesterday for negative comments he made about dating apps and relationships: “No offense to people who go on Tinder but I just feel like it’s ruining romance, I really do,” Smith said. “Stop Tinder and Grindr!” Hardly a screed—unlike Juzwiak’s 2,000-plus–word takedown of Smith’s “fucked-up gay conservatism,” in which he lambastes the singer for downplaying his homosexuality for the sake of his career...