Thursday, June 4, 2015

Joel Johnson, formerly of Gawker Media, on Gawker Media: "managed by [Nick] Denton, who is a comically inept product visionary, manager, and technical mind"

Commenting on the recent unionization of Gawker editorial staff:
Hence, a ceaseless paranoia that encourages and rewards employees who gossip to him about their peers, or perpetuates cynical (and cyclical!) editorial strategies that manifest in sites like Valleywag, which existed entirely as a lever to be used in transactions with Valley companies. (“I am no longer feared when I walk into Silicon Valley boardrooms” was the response I was given when attempting to shut down Valleywag last year.) It’s this paranoia that prompts the emotionally fueled dismissals of employees when they “seem stressed.”