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For those who never read past the headline on Twitter, enjoy the point served as headline. Gawker has been bought by Univision, and will shut down operations next week. Staffers will be assigned other editorial roles, either at one of the other six sites or elsewhere within Univision, but the flagship gossip blog will cease to be.
Since Gawker was a master troll of brands like Coca Cola and hounded PR people like Justine Sacco, their particular "sticking it to the man" attitude rang quite hollow while their own site was worth over $500 million - sold today for $135. Lets have a peek at what other journalists are saying about this on twitter.
Meet Dave Weigel, covering national politics for The Washington Post.
If you are not actually Hulk Hogan, and you’re gloating about a billionaire using lawfare to shut down a news site, god help you.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 18, 2016
As if Hulk Hogan was the only person to be trampled on by Gawkers "journalism". Gawker outed Peter Theil, sent a Twitter mob after Justine Sacco, Gawker refused to take down a possible rape video and mocked the woman who pleaded with them to. Gawker outed a married Condé Nast exec for no other reason than they could. There seems to be a theme here as Gawker spent a lot f time trying to smear James Franco with the dubious title "gay rapist". "Bring Back Bullying" Sam Biddle discovered the Twitter mobs weren't as much fun when it happened to him. It never is.
This hasn't stopped him from being quite the confrontational jerk on Twitter still.
The Executive Director at @Freedompress and the Guardians US editor mourns while worrying about copycat billionaire legal lightning strikes.
"But Gawker is Bad!" you say. Well, there's not a 'good' paper out there that some billionaire wouldn't relish in killing. Now they know how
— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) August 18, 2016
Much like lightning strikes can be avoided, not breaking the law helps here, as billionaires won't have any cases to pursue then. Just a tip.
Nick Confessore, a political reporter for The New York Times and MSNBC contributor hopes the archives of gay outings, awkward facebook posts from non-celebrities and rape videos stay online somewhere. We can always get fresh clickbait media from wherever the Gawker writers end up, and from the generation of journalists who admire their style. I for one do not want to live in a world where "journalism" requires indiscriminate access to private people’s sex lives, mainly because I don't care about other peoples junk or where they stick it as long as everyone involved are consenting adults.
Very sad to see that Gawker is shutting down. Hope they get the archives hosted somewhere.https://t.co/7ywPhzRhPY
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) August 18, 2016
Lachlan Cartwright , the Executive Editor at Rada Online and National Enquirer calls Gawker a "journalism game changer". This is correct, the invention of timely fun like "the Gawker Stalker" and the publishing of names of all gun owners in NYC, disregarding the safety of owners who legally bought guns due to domestic violence and stalkers, certainly did shake things up. I'm sure a lot of people are relieved that Gawker won't be around to post the information that will leak when sex toys get hacked.
The day the music died. Farewell @Gawker. You were a journalism game changer and like most things will only be fully missed once gone
— Lachlan Cartwright (@LachCartwright) August 18, 2016
Et tu Stuart?
So sorry to hear about #Gawker's fate. Bad day for journalism (really). Thiel and Trump richly deserve each other.
— Stuart Elliott (@stuartenyt) August 18, 2016
HuffPo writers are great at hyperbole by the way. Here's Sr. Enterprise Editor Huffington posts's hot take - it's bad for all of America.
Gawker made lots of great journalism and gave lots of great journalists their start. Its demise is Bad For America.
— (((Nick Baumann))) (@NickBaumann) August 18, 2016
Naturally Kotaku's editor lays the blame of Gawkers death on 'a vindictive billionaire'. Not an actual privacy invasion and the "journalistic" raspberry to the judge who ordered the tape taken down. What is sad is that it takes a billionaire to get an abusive site like this to stop.
Gawker isn't closing bc of a sextape or bad choices, but bc of a vindictive billionaire. That's bad news for everyone. Except billionaires.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 18, 2016
Hulk Hogan himself tweeted a bodyslam of a comment:
They messed with the wrong guy brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 18, 2016
I would love to know who this "media executive is" so I can buy her a drink and make her my bestie.
Also, once had a Very Important Media Executive tell me she hated Gawker bc it was "unnecessarily mean & didn't do Journalism." I disagreed.
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) August 18, 2016
@Vdare said pretty much exactly what I wanted to say on the matter. This is your legacy, Gawker.
"Gawker shutting down is chilling, omg some random guy made a mean joke on Facebook lets destroy his life because we are brave journalists."
— Virginia Dare (@vdare) August 18, 2016
Gawker is only dead in name, their legacy of internet journalism, gathered from tweets, forums, boards and gossipy emails from people with an agenda lives on, as demonstrated by the Twitter-laden post above. Online journalism intent on copying the success of blog journalism, is now firmly rooted in copy-pasting and opining, finding "the quickest source of outrage, and outrage is traffic" to quote Sam Biddle. Gawker is dead, long live Gawker.