Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Writing off Jezebel

Yesterday, I linked to a blogger who said she was quitting Jezebel following the Lena Dunham incident.

(Quick recap:  The website had offered a $10,000 bounty for the original photos from Dunham's Vogue photoshoot.  Jezebel got the photos and posted them, and it turned out the photos weren't really altered to any significant degree.)

Another person writing off Jezebel is Lena Dunham herself.  She recently sat down for an hour-long chat with Bill Simmons, and they touch on the Jezebel incident around the 52-minute mark. Dunham says it's hard to give a website the benefit of the doubt after they've personally attacked you.  She also feels Jezebel erred by not acknowledging, after getting the Vogue photos, that the changes to them were minimal.

It's a fun interview overall, and if you watch the whole thing you'll probably learn something new about Macaulay Culkin, too!  


  1. Are you going to do a post on this recent Gawker post?

    It's an epic cluster fuck and includes some back and forth between Gawker writers and Nick Denton in the comments section. The only problem is that I have no idea what's going on. I realize that people hate the Kinja commenting system, but is all of this drama really over how their commenting system changes every 2 years?

    I was hoping you'd have better insight into this drama than a rookie Gawker hate-reader such as myself.

    1. Yeah, I'm planning to write something about that. From what I can tell, there were three main threads going on:

      1.) Some readers were genuinely upset about changes to the Kinja commenting system....But I don't know why that is. It's been this way for about two years. Gawker keeps tweaking the system, and with every change people complain in droves. For example:

      2.) Other readers were saying they felt disrespected by the editors, and particularly by the editors at Jezebel. A reader named "Sugarhill" linked to several examples of Jezebel censoring criticism of their blog, which is what I'll probably focus on later.

      3.) There was also that weird conversation between Nick Denton and John Cook. Denton had referred to Rich Juzwiak as a "thick polish ploughboy"(?) during dinner one night, and John shared that line in a Gawker group chat. Then Tom Scocca copied-and-pasted the group chat in yesterday's post but either he or John made the decision to redact Rich's name. But then Denton came into the comments section and asked why Rich's name would be redacted, to which John replies it was a precautionary measure in case it might impact any future sexual harassment claims(?).

      So that whole back-and-forth was a bit odd...