Via Denton, I propose a new term for the media lexicon: Scare Charts. STOP TRYING TO FREAK ME OUT, DUDE!
I think Denton writing posts like this is the most amazing display of Machiavellian behavior I've seen on the internet.
He's done it before (killing Sploid, Screenhead - his more recent sell off of Idolator, Wonkette) but never in an economic environment like this.
If you were thinking of either a) starting a competitor to Gawker or b) funding a competitor to Gawker or even c) providing a new round of funding to a competitor to Gawker, you are now freaking out and will not pull the trigger.
I know it's bad and it's time to batten down the hatches but haven't we seen this before. As goes Denton, follows Calacanis, follows the internet pop wisdom.
posted by Gavin at 9:51 AM on November 13, 2008
Yeah. He does fess up a little when he says, "My motives are indeed not entirely pure."
Also noted: Noah is leaving.
posted by Rex at 9:59 AM on November 13, 2008
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