I sent this note to Gawker Media’s editorial staff this morning:
The Managing Partnership as a whole is responsible for the Company’s management and direction, but they do not and should not make editorial decisions. Let me be clear. This was a decision I made as Founder and Publisher — and guardian of the company mission — and the majority supported me in that decision.
Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published a story about the CFO of Conde Nast texting an escort. It was an editorial call, a close call around which there were more internal disagreements than usual. And it is a decision I regret.
I was supposed to be on the stand this week, down in St Petersburg, Florida, giving testimony in a dispute with a local and global celebrity, the wrestler and reality star, Hulk Hogan.
The free press is prized in theory, constitutionally protected in this country and elsewhere because of its value to society — and unpopular with public figures who are exposed or embarrassed by its work. As a business, media carries the usual risks, vulnerable to recession and changes in technology, and a special…
Yuval Harari's book, Sapiens, explains how collaboration has evolved in symbiosis with language — and especially its use in the gossipy exchange of information about other human beings. The Israeli historian's work, at least the first few chapters, is worth reading at length. Here's the Kindle link. But below, the key…
Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice. When you don’t see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that argument.
Sam, I've been trying to understand the opinion piece you wrote entitled Brands Are Not Your Friends. And I'm trying to understand you. For people new to this topic, here's Biddle's nutgraph.
The Northern white, having had little actual contact with the Negro, is devoted to an abstract principle of cordial interracial relations. The North has long considered, in a theoretical way, that it supported brotherhood and the equality of man, but the truth is that deep prejudices and discriminations exist in…
The Editor of Wired has posted up pictures of the Conde Nast magazine's new San Francisco offices. They look lovely, as Katie Rosman said on Twitter, a veritable journalism showroom. There's still some room for individuality.
Gawker's new editorial supremo has replaced the traffic chart that used to greet visitors to the Fourth Floor, the library-like space in the company's headquarters on Elizabeth Street. In place of the jagged Quantcast blues of traffic hits, increasingly for stories that we weren't proud of, is now a hand-crafted blog.
This is an exchange with Glenn Greenwald of First Look, which began on email. Both of us live and write largely in public, so we might as well continue the back-and-forth on the web.
Here is a prediction for 2015: the oldest writer at Gawker Media, a veteran of Forbes and a resident of Boston, will establish a healthier tone for power gossip and set the conversation in Silicon Valley more uproariously and effectively than any of the callow locals. I'm talking about Dan Lyons, 54-year-old Editor of
Here's a story behind a story. The British papers and their extensions in the United States, which include the Drudge Report, are in a predictable excitement over a minor royal's relationship with a woman who claims she was an under-age sex slave. Bill Clinton is also involved, which provides a tangential but…
"I have some important news." Usually, that's how I start a conversation with someone who is being promoted, or fired. This time, that conversation is about me: my solo leadership of this company, and the collective management that is going to replace it.
Let me get one thing clear: I am fascinated by Uber, as a business, as a service, as a model for the modern economy, and even as a force for racial justice (more on that some other time). But it's increasingly clear that the fast-growing ride-hailing service is what economists would call a natural monopoly, with…
Some coverage of our office (and business) expansion...
Music Machinery, a blog about music technology, has identified the artist most listened to last year in each American state.
Joel Johnson took over in the new year as editorial director at Gawker Media. His weekly review of the best (and worst) stories has been going out in email a few weeks now. It's now accessible to a wider audience, here on his Kinja blog.