Monday, August 09, 2004

The Death of Gawker

A 24-year-old named Jessica Coen was named the Editor of Gawker.com, the inside New York media/gossip site beloved by so many. She has no writing experience. The personal blog she's written until now has been a joke. And she didn't even move to New York City until two weeks ago.

Today, gentle friends, Gawker died.

45 Comments:

Blogger lindsay said...

So let me get this straight: you took the time to make this 'blog and link to a bunch of other sites (most of whom would surely not wish to be associated with you) just to bash someone who hasn't even started her new job yet? Don't you think Denton and Choire know what they're doing? They did an exhaustive search and are paying her a salary. A lot of people (including you) would kill to edit Gawker. But they didn't choose you. They chose Jessica. For a reason. Get over it and get a fucking life.

August 9, 2004 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Lock said...

Can someone get the New Glossy Blog on this?

August 9, 2004 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger jen said...

gawkerisdead.blogspot.com ... seriously?
first of all the blueprint is a great site, a personal site, that jess has been doing and obviously a lot of people saw her talent for writing on that site. no, she has not been a new yorker her entire life but who that's edited gawker before her has?
secondly, why don't you see what she has to offer gawker before you create an entire website about the death of it?
also, i agree with lindsay, get a life.

August 9, 2004 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Congrats Jess! You may be new to New York, but you already have people taking the time to make a blog just for you. You've made it!

August 9, 2004 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger jean-paul tremblay said...

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August 9, 2004 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger jean-paul tremblay said...

I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to my blogworld brethren for setting up this anonymous blogger account, gawkerisdead, solely to attack and criticize the new editrix.

I was angry. And furious. And irate. And I said to myself, what better way to express that anger than by setting up this complex anonymous system for internet-yelling?

And then I posted a brief, concise tirade against the new Gawker. I was just so mad! You have to understand, right? Sometimes you get mad, too! I know you do! You get madmadmad! That's three mads in one, that's how mad you get.

Now, not only am I post-mad, but sorry, too, for the damage this has inflicted upon my former peers. I can only hang my head in shame over this whole affair. Forgive me, for I am virtuous regardless of my initial instinct to be all anonymous and shit.

You know who else I hate? Lockhart Steele!

August 9, 2004 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger jean-paul tremblay said...

Goddammit, I'm still mad! I hate you, Lockhart!

August 9, 2004 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger jean-paul tremblay said...

God, I'm so sorry.

August 9, 2004 at 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this does seem kind of suspicious...... could there be something else going on? something we're missing?

August 9, 2004 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger krucoff said...

Just as I suspected, this is all about Lockhart Steele. He ruins EVERYTHING. I call bullshit on his white glove testing and the mockery he has made of our beloved blogosphere. J-P, kick his assassass!! (Dude, that's a ridiculous amount of ass.)

But to whoever set this site up, I have to say it's a great forum and long overdue. I've been waiting to speak out of turn! Let's begin: curbedisdead.

Pictures of the Olsens and "BREAKING" stories? Man, talk about your sell-outs. That shit is puh-layed. Curbed won't fully see its potential until an Iowan farmboy is plucked from tending cattle and thrown into the wide expanses of open houses in Tribeca to give us full reports on the scene. C'mon Lock, doitdoitdoit! (That means I'm serious.)

August 10, 2004 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Lock said...

Jean-Paul: This is your special way of inviting me to contribute to Low Culture. With gratitude, I accept. Yes, you can "take over" LockharSteele.com for a day or two to calm your racing pulse.

Krucoff: Curbed died a long time ago. We had no gentle friends.

August 10, 2004 at 7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my friend just told me that jessica coen's family is somehow connected to nick denton and he gave her the job as a favor!

August 10, 2004 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, those Jews really stick together. I hear they're ALL related! And they have HORNS!!!

August 10, 2004 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jessica's dad was an investor in nick's old company... you figure out the rest....

August 10, 2004 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my God, AND? I totally heard that she's a man and had gay sex with that Choire guy. Eww: Jewish transexuals! This is such a scandal!

August 10, 2004 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Mathis said...

Well, I have it on relatively good authority that the new Gawker is not a transvestite but does possess "ambiguous genitalia" which, through various affirmative action referendums, allowed her to get the job over a couple of 50-year old, New York City-raised Teamsters who have these really cool, snarky gossip blogs. Oh, wait, that's right: I meant Teamsters who have really cool, sturdy tool belts.

August 10, 2004 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger matthaber said...

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August 10, 2004 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Jess's dad knows Nick and got her this low-paying job because he'd prefer that to her attending COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL, which is where she was headed.

August 10, 2004 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger matthaber said...

I heard that Denton found her by reading her angry, anonymous comments on other blogs. He was like, "Wow, that is one talented , secretive, spiteful indidual!" He got Scotland Yard to track her down based on word usage and grammar and when he found her, he hired her on the spot! I also hear they're engaged... to wed!

August 10, 2004 at 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denton should have hired someone with talent like Haber or Tremblay of Low Culture.

August 10, 2004 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger matthaber said...

I posted that last one, too, but I forgot to post it under my own name. Yay, me! And, yay, JP! Yay, us!

August 10, 2004 at 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll second that suggestion: any of the LC guys would have rocked!

August 10, 2004 at 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear she's pretty ugly, too. has anyone seen her in person?

August 10, 2004 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger jean-paul tremblay said...

i once saw her in person, but that was when we both lived in LA and i worked as a set-dresser for david lynch's mulholland drive. for what it's worth, jessica coen played the decrepit troll who hid behind the dumpster at the diner and served as the impetus for the film's acid-trippy events.

and the character you saw in the film was how she looked AFTER we applied copious amounts of makeup to try to make her look less hideous.

fuckin' beast, man, but then again, i look like ray liotta, so who am i to say.

August 11, 2004 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Lock said...

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August 11, 2004 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone have a picture of this chick? i'm dying to know what she looks like

August 11, 2004 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's an article about her in the new york sun with a photo today.

August 11, 2004 at 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it online? who buys the sun?

August 11, 2004 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gawker.... Worst. Week. Ever.

August 13, 2004 at 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Jessica alone. I for one am looking forward to her insightful postings regarding shoes, having gay male acquaintances, trying to make it in the big crazy city with a little help from daddy, and general navel-gazing.

August 13, 2004 at 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, for those of us that actually knew her before she became a conversation piece online... Well... Sorry to Gawker and everyone else that reads her drivel. I'm glad she's no longer residing here in Royal Oak, MI anymore. Keep her in NY with the rest of the nutty windbags.
Cheers.

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