Covers a lot of territory, but a good listen and maybe the first time I’ve actually heard Max’s side of what happened with the infamous post and how he feels about it all today. I’m sympathetic to Max anyway, but even if you’re not it’s a really interesting story to hear.
I got this link from another commenter on the “Gawker Review of Book” post today. I hadn’t seen it before.
I don’t think it’s been applied on Gawker main yet, but first you see the number of replies to a comment, and then, if you click on that number, the replies open up. Click on the number again, and the replies collapse again. First, the comments are unseen:
In addition to Cook’s new position, Leah Beckman will be replacing Max Read, who resigned along with Craggs last week, as editor-in-chief. Hamilton Nolan will replace Beckman as deputy editor.
I’m not going to cherry-pick any small quotes. The full memo is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r_…
Can’t keep writing accompanying text for these, but feel free to share thoughts in the comments.
According to a staffer in attendance, Denton initially said that the new version of the site should be “20 percent nicer” than the old one. Perhaps finding this too ambitious, he later downgraded his expectations, telling the staff that the new version of the site should be “10 to 15 percent” nicer than the old one.
It’s amazing just how out of touch these people are. All the senior editorial staff except for John Cook seem to be bound and determined not to learn any lessons from this other than to blame it all on the management team. That is so dumb.
Via Adam Weinstein’s Tumblr: So my view on what happened last night is that it was a symptom of that deficit. Having checked out of the staff’s chat system, my first look at the story was when it published. Even if I had known it was in the works, I’d have had absolutely no control over it. But I wish I did.
When we first met as young reporters on the Financial Times, [Denton] had already won a reputation for being a brilliant if somewhat unforgiving journalist – the subs dubbed him the “mad Magyar” when he came back from being a stringer in Hungary. He was possibly the last person anyone would have picked as the future…
Now I kind of wonder if he did poop on the floor in college. But I’d really hate to be on that jury and have to listen to the testimony or see the physical proof, one way or the other.
Org changes at Gawker: Editorial and management upheaval at Gawker Media almost never comes as a surprise, because the changes have usually been leaked — often by founder Nick Denton — long before the actual upheaval arrives. But the news that dropped on Wednesday was a bombshell, as Denton announced a management…
I've always wondered why burner trolls (and, as Joel has pointed out in his note about the porn gifs, lots of the trolls are not burners but just accounts set up via fake twitter accounts) were un-greyed so often on the main page. It's a constant thing, the ugliest, most racist comments are almost always promoted,…