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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Why You Should Be Scared of Mark Lisanti: 3.04

Mark Lisanti is the mad genius behind "Defamer", which those in the know know as

So, why should you be afraid of him?
He doesn't look so scary.
But think about all the emails this guy gets in one day. He's an admitted internet junkie and he's good at what he does. And he's the reason why Gawker Media must be stopped.

No, seriously, people, be afraid. They're as wonderfully American as apple pie. They're free speech in action and terribly funny and a refreshing wind blowing in the face of journalism, but they're getting big and scary so quickly.

I mean, think about what Mark Lisanti might know. He's been doing this for what-- six months strong by now or something? He lives up to the somewhat-dubious tagline of his site: "LA is the world's cultural capital. Defamer is the gossip rag it deserves."

After all, everyone's assistant reads Defamer when they get the chance-- and can often chalk it up to research, if challenged. Oh, because they can. It is THAT awesome at the moment. It will eventually jump the shark, but not for awhile. Right now, Lisanti is my A-List blogebrity idol. I pant at his massive amounts of eyeballs/page views.

But why should YOU be afraid of Mark Lisanti, my little Ho'wood heavies-in-training, is that pretty soon he is going to own your a$$-- in the sense of knowing a lot of blackmail talking points regarding your business deals and alleged bathroom activities. People know what goes on, they just didn't email anybody about it before. And now they're starting to.

I mean, I have, no joke, read over 100 emails that seemed to be pretty credible people with pretty detailed horror stories, some naming names and some not. And that's just one anonymous blogger. I haven't been doing this much more than four months and I didn't have the Gawker Media wind at my back. I don't even want to imagine what kind of dirt he's getting on people. But for now, I am afraid. I am very afraid. So let me just say this.

I love . He is my hero. And is just wicked good fun. Seriously, I'm not pissing him off. I've already been cowed. Are you next?

Well, are you?

Actually, seriously, in his defense, the guy is probably sitting on a mound of dirt that he ISN'T printing. So thanks for the discretion. And, yeah, let's hear it for , proudly sponsored by crap you don't really care about.

Coming up this week on Assistant/Atlas. . .

The Whisper Price Game Returns!
A New Feature Is Unveiled!
And All Sorts of Pop Culture Funtimes. WEEEEE!
[aka- the dog-and-pony show insider stuff will come from others]


Blogger Martingale Jones said...

When Defamer published one of my tips concerning an A-list movie star, I confess it made my entire week. (Yes, I have the emails from Mark to prove it.)

I sent my tip to him late afternoon on a Sunday and *presto* he got back to me a few hours later. I was impressed. Even more impressed when it made the Monday postings.

Mark Lisanti's driven. Driven and a little scary.

7:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that an actual picture of Mark? He's cute. Is he single? His eyes look exactly like this guy I spent my entire sophomore year of college drooling over. (God forgive me, I appear to have a geek fetish) Which reminds me - does he ever wear glasses? Cause would, you know, be really hot.

10:31 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Defamer's a year and a half old, not 6 months. And he won't jump the shark before every other blog out there that has been influenced by him, directly or indirectly (which is basically every and any entertainment-related blog) does. As long as people come to the web to read blogs about entertainment and the gossip surrounding it, his will always be the premier blog. He is the originator, the pioneer and the innovator. Honestly, without Gawker Media and its influence, there'd be about 75% less blogs. And those that were around would be about 75% less interesting.

And it's not just awesome "at the moment" . It's been awesome since the very first day it was published (which I was around for. It was a great day indeed).

Mark's the man, he's a good guy and he knows what he's doing. He's no one to be afraid of [although I have read an article that commented that it probabaly wouldn't be hard to get any of his scripts made (he's a screenwriter) whenever he wanted, given how much he knows about people in the industry.] If anything, people in the industry should be relieved that it's a cool guy like him that knows all this info and not some Hollywood idiot. It's kinda like "Score one for the little guys/guys that dont have their heads shoved up their ass"

"Respect your elders."

Doggone whippersnappers...

-- JC

11:46 AM

Blogger AnthonyDe said...

Hollywood's Profits, Demystified

Interesting read, apparently TV licensing returns more revenue than either DVDs or box office.

11:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Lisanti can't even get into the Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt!

He's a scrub...

11:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, even God can't get into the Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt. Although I personaly can't comment on Lisanti's scrub status.

3:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the term scrub would be better applied to people that determine their own self-worth and value on the basis of whether they can get into a bar or not.

-- JC

9:04 PM

Blogger Peggy Archer said...

Hey, I think Mark's a great guy.

And the Tropicana bar's actually not all that worth getting into.

11:59 PM

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