Denton has continued to regularly have parties for media types at his apartment; it's just the excitement that feels like a throwback. One of the parties hosted here, after all, was for Tina Brown on the merger of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, a move regarded by most in the New York media world with severe skepticism. But tonight's honoree was Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger and poll-rider, the proprietor of FiveThirtyEight, and the media's' winner of the 2012 election cycle.
Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner are supporting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
The two-time Oscar winner for best actor donated $500 to on June 21 to Quinn's citywide campaign, and the When Harry Met Sally director gave twice that amount on June 13, according to the campaign's most recent financial report filed this week. Fellow actor Lorrain Bracco – who played the therapist on The Sopranos gave $2,500.
A campaign source said When Harry Met Sally is one of Quinn’s favorite movies, as is A League of Their Own, where Hanks played a loveably grumpy coach in a woman’s baseball league. It was inspired by true events and one women who played in the league attended the same church as Quinn when she was growing up on Long Island, the source said.
And Quinn had one other celebrity-minded contributor in her most recent six-month campaign filing: $250 from Nick Denton, the publisher of Gawker.com.(2)
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."
Lawson made a name for himself at Gawker with his irreverent and idiosyncratic TV recaps about shows like "Gossip Girl" and Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchises; they're pretty widely regarded as the pinnacle of a form that in lesser hands is just S.E.O.-bait.(3)
The resignation of Rep. Chris Lee of Buffalo yesterday just three hours after Gawker broke the story of the congressman's internet transactions with a woman on Craigslist (in furtherance of which he took a shirtless posing-picture of himself on his Blackberry to send to her) has provoked the usual discussions. Is this guttersnipe reporting? Does the private life of a public official matter? Is the Internet safe?(1)