Gawker's bloggy Bond villain Nick Denton thinks you're stupid. That's nothing new of course. You fucking idiots, with your low tastes, and boorish manner have long been the bane of Denton's existence. But the new media mogul explained, yet again, on a panel at SXSW Interactive this week, that he remains disappointed with the level of discourse across his sites' comment sections. "The idea of capturing the intelligence of the readership -- that's a joke."
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He said that commenting on his own sites (which he's seen make reporters cry) has gotten so bad that he doesn't engage."I don't like going into the comments. ... For every two comments that are interesting -- even if they're critical, you want to engage with them -- there will be eight that are off-topic or just toxic," he said. CNN
Instead, he said, he'd like to see some sort of limited-access posts, where the subjects of the post can feel safe to come and defend themselves, Dov Charney answering for allegations of sexual harassment on Jezebel, for example. Another potential option could be deputizing favored commenters to police the ruffians who keep spoiling the rarefied air with their ungainly-worded finger-farts. Many, many of you people would like jump at the chance to sign on for that non-paying job. Let me know how that works out.
Denton, like everyone who runs any blog, including ones with many million fewer unique visitors, would just like you stupid dummies to smarten the joint up for him so he doesn't have to get anyone else to do the job. A good place to start might be the most recent story I found on Gawker just now This Week’s Naked Celebrity Phone Pics: Glee’s Heather Morris. Perhaps they should invite Morris on to defend her choice of tit presentation poses? Try not to bring the level of the discussion down by being such a disgusting boor about the topic, ok you guys?