In Which the EIC of Gawker Leaves Us Slackjawed

Nick Denton: Very smart guy. He may end up being the Henry Luce of the new media landscape. But perhaps he shouldn’t, um, post so much.

Case in point: This entry, from Gawker, in which Denton not only blames Craig Newmark for the decline of the American newspaper industry, he…well, you kinda have to read it for yourself:

It’s one of the great ironies. Craig Newmark and his colleagues at Craigslist are left-wing idealists who still believe in the responsibility of the press to speak truth to power. All the while, their online classifieds site, which is largely free, has undermined the economics of newspapers, and the anti-establishment alt weeklies above all. The company’s decision to endow a faculty chair in new media studies at the University of Berkeley is a sweet gesture. (As is the support of the endearingly naive Craigslist boss for online news ventures such as Daylife.) But let’s be clear: this is akin to the creation of a reservation for American Indians; it doesn’t erase the stain of genocide.


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