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.
Derek Powazek lays out a commenter's bill of rights, one which gives them much more power over their words than most current discussion systems offer. (He makes an exception for Kinja, which is nice.)
A decade ago, we had the quaint notion that the blog would open up journalism to anyone with talent. I'd take particular pleasure in finding a writer from the sticks — like Joel Johnson of Kansas City, now I think of it. All too often they'd turn out to be media veterans, but still, the principle was there.
Tom Scocca's going to hate me for sending this, but you really should read his piece on smarm, the defining tone of modern media. It's relevant to us because by modern media I mean social media, and by social media I mean Buzzfeed and Upworthy, our two most vigorous competitors.
Jonah Peretti of Buzzfeed is right. People want to share stories on Facebook that cast them in a better light. It's a show, related to the well-established humblebrag. A collective delusion — that the world is a better place, that you're better people — protected by a circle of heartwarming stories.
If Ronan Farrow is planning to hold the line at bisexuality — like an insecure 1970s rock star — he should at least do so with a little panache.
Watch this crazy video featuring a swarm of drones flying around. I just can't believe they weren't generated with a 3D animation program. They are real, flying in perfect choreography. Stunning work.
Come on, you've missed an obvious item: for books that were often marketed to young adults, Le Guin's were highly erotic. There's matter-of-fact gay sex in The Dispossessed. Some suggestive dungeon scenes in Tombs of Atuan. And flexible sexes in Left Hand of Darkness. All transgressive for the time, particularly if…
David Carr of the New York Times criticized gossipy Gawker items on Shep Smith which outed the Fox News anchor, first in passing and then more explicitly with a picture of his significantly younger boyfriend. But the Times — having said such articles are redundant and dated — is now ahead 3-2 in articles devoted to…
Oh, this should be good: Anne Applebaum's profile of a Hungarian anti-semite is out next week. The country — with the largest and most assimilated Jewish population in central Europe — has long fetishized the secret Jew. There's even a website dedicated to identifying them. Szegedi is the modern manifestation of an…
Ever since Gizmodo released details of the 2010 iPhone, the site has been on Apple's blacklist. Last on the call-back list, barred from keynote presentations, advertising pulled. We'd do the same again. The story — a prototype left in a bar by a hapless Apple engineer, the first time Apple's rollout was pre-empted —…
Sure, see 12 Years A Slave. It's worthy. But not — as some critics have asserted — worthy of every award or of entry into the annals of greatness.
It's not the wealth of the tech elite that offends. Nor is it their use of political influence for personal gain. Here's what is particularly aggravating about the new class: they persist in lecturing the rest of America about its burger-inhaling and gas-guzzling ways.
Speculation about the Democratic star's sexuality has spread from the blogs — Gawker among them — to television since he began his run for Senate. The Newark mayor behaves like he has a secret. But the most obvious answer may not be the right one.
io9's Annalee Newitz names Orwell's 1984 and Gibson's Neuromancer as the most influential works of futurism.
As well as acting, she had the skills of a secret agent, a talent for mathematics and designed a remote-controlled torpedo that couldn't be easily jammed. Lamarr's colorful story makes modern performers look rather limited.
There are plenty of people (and even personages) embarrassed by their associations with Syria's gruesome ruling couple. The Assads PR campaign was aided by the beauty and style of Asma, the dictator's wife. So Vogue's fawning profile — so close to the outbreak of the civil war — can be understood. But the Conde Nast…