All of what Megan said about JS and his experience at Forbes illuminates so clearly what he’s doing with GMG.
Never, ever underestimate a mediocre, rich white man’s desire to stare huge sums of money in the face, have people practically screaming “THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE MY MONEY FROM ME AND I WILL GLADLY GIVE IT TO YOU”...and then say “nah, I’ll do what I want even if it loses me money in the end.”
This may sound strange, but when I visit the site I feel like I’m amongst friends. I’ve obviously not met any of the writers, but after spending a decade reading their work and watching them evolve and grow through the years I feel personally invested in the site. I’m eager to read the personal tone of each…
I actually think it is 100% relevant as it speaks to the success of that business model. I actually thought it was barely touched on here.
“A metastasizing swath of media is controlled by private-equity vultures and capricious billionaires and other people who genuinely believe that they are rich because they are smart and that they are smart because they are rich, and that anyone less rich is by definition less smart. They know what they know, and they…
As someone who works in PR, and who oversees ad buys on social media and web platforms, I literally let out a laugh when you mentioned the word “pageviews.” No one who does this job pays a lot of attention to pageviews as a stand-alone metric any longer. That hasn’t been our model for years.
Fuck these guys
The money it’s costing them is penciled in. As long as they turn a profit murdering something they didn’t create, and couldn’t create they’re more than satisfied and however this shakes out, they’ll think of it as one more in a long line of successes that they earned.
I come to these sites for the great writing, and I’ll follow those writers wherever they end up.
Rehashing the past that lead to Gawker’s downfall is the “but her emails” complaint—100% true & valid, but ultimately not constructive. It is was it is and at least this avid GMG reader hopes that things stay as close to the same as possible. Thank you, Megan for fighting the good fight and hopefully the morons who…
Good luck to you , Ms. Greenwell. You, and the rest of the Deadspin crew deserve much better. It’s sad to see a site that’s brought me and countless others so much great content being dismantled piece by piece.
As “F-U, I’m outta here letters go,” this one is pretty classy and filled with real evidence. Good luck, Megan!
Thanks Dan, this is just the kind of hard-hitting investigative journalism I come to Deadspin for.
Fun fact... wait for it... I used to be a hand model and that’s my hand in Zoolander
I like reading about it
Lawyer here (drops head in shame). I can confirm for you from successfully defending a $10M+ white-collar defense case that intent is a huge hurdle for prosecutors. That’s why most prosecutors want 3-5 clear instances of fraud before they consider an indictment. Elizabeth Holmes was such a rampant fraudster and…
If they weren’t so nouveau* about it, they could have endowed “The Gianulli Family Scholarship” to pay for some highly gifted poor kids to attend USC (with an understanding that their not-particularly-gifted daughters could go, as well). Mr. Gianulli is worth hundreds of millions of dollars! See what being cheap got…
Exactly. I keep saying, there’s a protocol for rich people to get their kids into school. Everybody knows the protocol. Follow the protocol.
I mean, she fully committed to the lie, meaning she had to coax her kids to participate in sham photo shoots and whatnot, which seems like a lot more trouble than simply scratching off a check and having a few meetings with administrators to help build a facility for students or even just give a little something for…
The reason there’s no “Laughlin/Gianulli Tennis Court” is that rather than make a clear philanthropic contribution like that, they opted to spend their money creating photoshop pictures of their kids in sports they don’t play and bribing coaches in those sports.