Shots In The Dark
Friday, November 04, 2005
  Why Gawker Sucks
Not only is it snarky, it's snobby. Here the editors of Gawker express their amazement on seeing "this middle-aged woman—we'd describe her as, um, secretarial—with her face shoved in a book."

The book was James Frey's memoir of drug addiction, A Million Little Pieces.

Writes Gawker, "We didn’t quite believe what we saw; this woman was, after all, sporting a nicely teased helmet head and conservative Easy Spirit flats."

But then it's all explained for Gawker's fearless sleuth, who peers closer and sees that the book bears the seal of Oprah's Book Club.

Um...Gawker? People have been reading books they might not otherwise have read for years because of Oprah. That's kind of the point.

Even if they happen to fit your stereotype of secretaries....
 
Comments:
You are missing the point of Gawker...of course it is snarky and obnoxious, but it is also funny as hell and a breath of fresh air in our PC world. It is the same point people always miss when talking about Howard Stern. He is gross and vile, but most importantly he is funny. People wouldn't listen to him if he wasn't and they wouldn't read any of Nick Denton's blogs if they weren't either.
 
I disagree, actually. I'm a big fan of Howard Stern—I think he's actually really smart—and I don't think that he and Gawker have much in common. For one thing, Stern is never mean. He may give people a hard time, but deep down, you know he's a nice guy. The people at Gawker, on the other hand, are just bitter and nasty.

Also, Howard makes sure to take his shots at people who are powerful or pompous or take themselves too seriously.

Yeah, Gawker does that too, sometimes. But sometimes Gawker just picks on people because it can—like the secretary reading her book. That's not exactly standing up to PC-ness. That's just crummy.

Finally, whatever else you want to say about Howard, he puts himself out there. He says what he says to people's faces, and he's not afraid to make a fool of himself either. (Fartman comes to mind.)

The people at Gawker hide behind the anonymity of the Internet. They don't have a fraction of Howard's guts. Do you think they'd write what they write if they had to say it to people's faces. No f'ing way.
 
Is snark still considered funny? It's so late 90s. Apparently no one has told Gawker.
 
I was just googling "Gawker sucks" and this came up making a very clear point of why I was googling this phrase in the first place. They're not even funny. Sometimes the reader comments are funny, but even that is snobbish since not ANYONE can comment (Gawker approves of your initial comment and then GRANTS you the power to comment MORE.) Gawker is like high school all over again: shallow, elitist, and not really as big a deal as everyone made it out to be.
 
Yeah, just came across this doing a search of "Gawker sucks." The comments Nazis thing is very high school. Ends up putting off some of their biggest, fans, I am sure. They can dish it but they're scared to take it.
 
Gawker is just Vice Magazine without balls and a penchant for actually about caring celebrity gossip.
 
I just hate their dishonest and intentionally misleading reporting. It's the literary equivalent of Sarah Palin.
 
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