Oh, The Places You’ll Go, But Here Just Isn’t A Good Culture Fit
— ❀ gul deuxchats ❀ (@guattari2600) June 2, 2015
The Union Forever!” voted Gawker’s editorial employees yesterday, 80 to 27, making Nick Denton’s Rosebud a WGA East shop. A subsidiary motion that “You can’t lick Andy Jackson!” was narrowly defeated, 50 in favor to 57 against. The Great Unclenching proceeds, with the union vote prompting ex-editorial director Joel Johnson to write a long Kinja explaining Gawker’s financing and cash flow, and skewering the “faff spewed about democratizing journalism [and] overthrowing governments via Kinja.” Some of that faff was spewed by Johnson himself, at this excruciating July 2014 Gawker editorial all-hands, and it is reassuring to learn that Joel did indeed know that most of what he said there was total wank. I don’t want to undersell it, Joel’s comment is astonishing enough that John Herrman aggregated it with a little commentary, closing with a glancing reference to “a large settlement” that seems to mean the Hulk Hogan sex tape settlement, which I only mention here because it is hilarious.
Nick Denton replied to Johnson, observing how very positive and democratizing it is that their conversation is happening on Kinja, instead of in private before Johnson had been fired when it might have done some good. “The jury is still out on Kinja,” says Denton, which is only true in the sense that the jury long ago condemned Kinja to death, left the courtroom, went on with their lives, and tried to put the whole sordid mess behind them.
An anonymous Vox opinion piece by the proprietor of the “White Hot Harlots” white men’s whining community explicitly cites Chait’s imaginary “new political correctness” bogeyman, and then is held up by Chait as a shining example of the very thing he was talking about! If that’s confusing, I made a diagram for you:
Speaking of Joel Johnson, he wrote some great fiction about the future / end of work for the Awl. Pretend space exploration company Mars One wrote some great fiction about how many people applied for its totally imaginary Mars expedition and then ran around the kitchen making rocket noises until lunch was ready. A flooded Texas upgraded its “worms…?” advisory to a “Worms!!” warning. Nick Bilton continues to set new lows for the rest of the NYT columnists to sink to. MALTWEET GLADSTORM! Negroni Season Revisited. “Publisher of The Toast Nick Pavich Is Out” reports Natasha Vargas-Cooper from the past. For $299, Thync will show you how to make someone look like an idiot. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Overlook Hotel.”
I don’t know about you, but I could sure use some Good Vibrations! That’s the only Beach Boys reference I have.
Thanks for the tunes, Grain Elevator Bijan! And that’s it, that’s Tabs for the week, comments are closed.
Today’s Song: The White Stripes, “The Union Forever“