It's by now a bromide that the line separating author and audience is now nearly totally erased, aided by the quick publishing and broadcasting mechanisms, many offering a near guarantee of anonymity, available to anyone with a secret to share with the world. Denton's counterintuitive argument is that digital culture has not forced more "open secrets" like Cooper's sexuality, or at the very least secrets known by a surprisingly large number of people, into the mass consciousness.(6)
Nick Denton on Brian Williams is about what you expected. Plus: The probably useless campaign to 'save Sue Simmons'
Here is a little taste of what you (probably) missed:
Nick Denton not at all disputing all the nasty things people say about his "snarky," "sexual," "nude photos of private parts"-publishing, rumor-reporting, "shameless," "irresponsible," "mean" websites
Denton expounding on his "really really pretentious" belief in "the larger truth"
A black-and-white photo of a much younger, 5-o'clock-shadowless, skinny-tie-wearing Denton; presumably from his days as a reporter for The Financial Times
A grainy color photo of little-boy Denton reading a book in his backyard
The reason Denton didn't go into politics: "I was gay."
When local digital design firm Hard Candy Shell grew impatient with the old ideas making there way onto the new tablets, they hit upon an ideaof becoming publishers themselves. They set out to find an editor to make the content for the kind of iPad experience they wanted to build.
Rather than update its slowly dying subscription business, AOL's Tim Armstrong is trying to wean the company from that revenue stream, focusing instead on a content strategy for the web. They don't refer to this as a turnaround. They call it a "start-around."(1)