Friday, August 15, 2014

Popehat offers advice

Ken White (aka Popehat) discusses why it's maybe not a good idea for bosses to sit idly by when their female employees are dealing with harassment.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sam Biddle: Disingenuous?

Wired has a long profile about Stewart Butterfield, the man behind Flickr and the new messaging service Slack.

It's available to read here: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/the-most-fascinating-profile-youll-ever-read-about-a-guy-and-his-boring-startup

Of course, what caught my attention is when Butterfield let loose a short complaint about Valleywag, and I think he does a pretty good job of summarizing Sam Biddle's approach to journalism:  
“I fucking hate Valleywag,” he says, finishing his macchiato. As he puts his cup down, he reels that back in a bit, recalling a pleasant interview with one of its writers. “Or at least I hate Sam Biddle.” Sam Biddle, for those of you who have yet to be personally insulted by him, is Gawker’s Valleywag editor, tasked with covering the technology industry and its foibles.
Valleywag gleefully channels the hostility and contempt people have toward tech-types in San Francisco and New York right now. We have to stop Google! Have you seen what Facebook is doing now? Tech bros are the new investment bankers: greedy, clueless, chauvinistic, unforgivably rich. Valleywag delights in popping the industry’s self-inflated balloons.
The problem, Stewart says, is that Sam can be disingenuous in a manner that borders on lying. He cites a Valleywag story about Ben Horowitz—an old friend of Butterfield’s whose firm is an investor in Slack. In the story, titled “Prominent Venture Capitalist Discovers Black People,” Sam cast Horowitz, who is married to a black woman, in a light that made him look racially insensitive. Stewart insists that Horowitz’s words carried the exact opposite intent, and Sam had to know it. (Sam points out that the post in question was based on a quote from Horowitz that initially appeared in The New Yorker, which it changed after publication. “I absolutely did not deliberately misinterpret or misconstrue Ben Horowitz’ words,” Sam says via instant message.)
I tried to figure out which Valleywag journalist Butterfield might've had a "pleasant interview" with, but so far the site hasn't mentioned his name.  (It was probably Nitasha Tiku, though.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A world without comments?

Nicholas Jackson offers a novel solution to Gawker's current struggle with their comments:  KILL THEM ALL!

It won't happen.  It would never happen.  But it's an interesting thought nonetheless.

In Jackson's utopia, there would still be space for sites like Twitter and Tumblr and Reddit.  However most "comments," such as we're accustomed to seeing at the ends of articles, would be replaced by entries on personal blogs.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jezebel staffers mad at bosses for not addressing "rape gif" problem

Get Off My Internets has the recap.  And you can be sure the top guys at Gawker Media, like Joel Johnson, are now looking into it!  They weren't really looking into it before, but now they'll get together and...look into it.