We Stopped Reading Gawker Before It Was Cool to Stop Reading Gawker
Apparently Gawker is changing its commenting system. Again. We know this, not because we read Gawker — it’s been a few years — but because the news reached some distant source that we follow these days.
So we dropped in to sample the anguished cries of the herd. Nothing worth compiling a list from, but the usual bewailing of Denton selling out because Gawker no longer publishes the linkbait that originally drew the reader to the site, and now publishes lesser-quality linkbait. None of which we recognized, because we were drawn to the high-quality linkbait that Gawker dumped in order to publish the utter crap that attracted its current readership.
And we had a star, muthafuckaz. Back when it meant something.
As it happens, Gawker’s current editor is A.J. Daulerio, whom we remember at Oddjack wayyyyy back in the Golden Age. (Deadspin wasn’t even a drip on Fleshbot’s cock at the time.) And as the soon-to-be Ex-Commenters tell it, his Crime Against Propriety is…
We know from Cat Videos. We don’t go looking for them, but they find us. They especially find us on slow news days, when we don’t feel like pretending that Ted Nugent threatened to assassinate the Preznident and it takes a wild stretch of imagination to pretend that Ted Nugent threatened to assassinate the Preznident and you have to be a fucking hack to claim that Ted Nugent threatened to assassinate the Preznident and even if Ted Nugent did threaten to assassinate the Preznident he’s Ted Fucking Nugent for chrissake and you really need to get out more often if that shocks you.
So, A.J., fuck your readers. Here’s a free cat video, if you haven’t run it already. Just remember, we’re running it because the news is boring and we don’t get paid for this shit. We have no idea what your excuse is.