Clawing to escape the belly of the beast here in Hollywood. To commiserate, email my name assistantatlas at yahoo.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Denton's Moves Damage Gawker Media: 5.19

Maybe you've noticed that I've dropped Manhattan media gossip blog Gawker from my blogrolodex. Yes, it was intentional. I only keep blogs there that I want to have easy access to when I need info. And at this time, I choose not use Gawker as a NY source.

The latest Gawker overhaul has made it look quite repulsively bare and with encroaching ads, it's just not usually a visually appealing way to keep abreast of NYC media gossip. Furthermore, it's just not as fun as it once was.

Thank goodness Defamer is still quite pretty to look at. And thanks to its equal opportunity pop culture saboteurs, Mark Lisanti and Seth Abramovitch, it's as strong as ever.

What's really gone declined the most, though, has been the once-quirkilicious Gridskipper. The new editor, Joshua Stein. . . frankly, he kinda sucks. Really sucks, in fact.

I mean, I can deal with some typos, but when that I have to pause, re-read, puzzle a bit, make a decision on the meaning, shake my head in annoyance, and grudgingly move on....that's bad. Bring back Chris Mohney, I say. Goodness knows in his new position, he hasn't done anything to make Gawker as shiningly snarky as it once was. Perhaps those days are gone for Gawker being the go-to Manhattan media blog.

I mourn these once-appropriately-placed writing talents, yet I always look to the future. And mine is a distinctly less Gawker-oriented future. I mean, hey, Perez Hilton's getting a reality show.

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3 Comments:

Blogger lynnzgal said...

I hear ya Atlas! Gawker used to be edgy,and I liked that! Its so homogeneous now. :(

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you acknowledged Defamer because that shizzit is da bomb. Or something thereabouts.

9:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see others are noticing how lame Joshua Stein is. One of his reporters posted an egregiously inaccurate description of a place. I emailed him, and his response was bizarrely arrogant and just plain dumb - essentially asserting that the facts were "subjective". I've also just learned that The Consumerist stole photos from flickr without attributing, and was unapologetic until lots of users ganged up.

12:38 PM

 

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