Yesterday, Maureen O’Connor over at Gawker had one of the biggest stories in the site’s nine year history. The young reporter broke the news of Congressman Christopher Lee‘s Craigslist sex ads, which lead to Lee’s resignation in a record-breaking 3 hours. We’re blaming it on the Gawker redesign. More
John Krasinski has a sweet life. He’s married to hottie Emily Blunt, he’s still raking in money by coasting by on his raised eyebrows and camera muggings on The Office, and he’s, uh, very attractive. But take heart, young girls with “I Love Jim Halpert” posters adorning your bedrooms! John wasn’t always such a stud! More
• Gawker Personals: because the hipster snarky jerks you meet on the Nerve personals weren’t smart enough. (How About We)
• Finally, a flash mob we can get behind. (The Gloss)
Sarah Palin Vs. Gawker – Harper Row is suing Nick Denton‘s media company for posting excerpts of Sarah Palin’s book before it was released. It should be an interesting case of 1st amendment rights versus the Right. (The Awl)
Anyone Can Just Toss Around the Word Pervert At American Apparel Now - Including backroom stockboys who are mad they got passed over for a raise. Now Dov Charney‘s an “ethical pervert,” whatever the hell that means. (Gawker)
Today on Gawker, there’s a story from an anonymous Philadelphia man who supposedly had a “one night stand” with Delaware Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell. And while he openly mocks her in the post, he also leaves out the sordid details … More
Gawker Now Catering Exclusively to Ohio Residents - We’re going to assume it’s just a coincidence that a story about the new Domino’s breakfast pizza (at the world’s only 24-hour Domino’s in Ohio), and one about a bloody birthday party in Dayton, OH are being situated right next to each other. But we’re watching you: If the media site starts stealing ads from The Columbus Dispatch, we know its time to pick up an head back to Oberlin. (via Gawker)
Jersey Shore, Sunday Edition – We may have totally missed it, but luckily Brian Moylan was kind enough to write his own version of Cliff Notes from the special episode, including deep psychological analysis for every character. Awesome. (Gawker)
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Finally, Some Separation Between Advertising and Editorial – Susannah Breslin asks a question we’ve wondered for awhile: If Gawker Media’s women blog Jezebel hates American Apparel so much, why does Dov Charney‘s ads keep appearing on their site? (via The Frisky)
We have to say, we’re impressed with Kari Ferrell‘s quick-turnaround: Just over a year ago she was in jail in Utah, subject of much Gawker/Vice controversy but doubtlessly a micro-fameballer if there ever was one. Then she became Queen of the Webutante Ball, which may or may not have been an ironic stunt on the part of the party’s creator (and Gawker.TV editor) Richard Blakely, but then again it’s hard to really parse the actual meaning of “irony” in these situations.
Except that it is some form of dramatic irony (right?) that the subject of so much Internet gossip-mongering can turn around and become part of the cultural dialogue herself: More
Whoops, that should read “Nick Denton‘s guide to viral posts: Chicks over dudes, youth over age, and Photoshopped pics.” This comes from an internal memo that the Gawker Media chief sent around to his employees recently, warning them that there are “There’s too much news on the web; and way too little explanation.” (So wait…why did we need all those investigative blogger/reporters again?) More
Don’t Stare Too Long At Gawker’s ‘Big Board’ - “Sometimes one sees writers just standing before it, like early hominids in front of a monolith,” says Nick Denton of the giant flatscreen with the 10 best-trafficked stories on the site, and the names of the writers next to them. He forgot to add that “Adderall is for closers” and “One must remember their ABBs: ‘Always Be Blogging.’” (via The New York Times)
Three weeks ago, I went out on a date with a guy I barely knew. He used to live with one of my college friends post-graduation in a giant loft in Williamsburg with two Puggles, and even though he had a girlfriend, my college friend would constantly whisper to me “Ben really really likes you.” That was in 2006, and up until a month ago, I hadn’t heard from this guy again. Three weeks ago, we were going to Hasidic Purim parties and he was buying me live birds before our second date. And today, naked pictures of him with celebutante Peaches Geldof appeared all over the Internet. Why can’t I ever go for the normal dudes? More