"I had read an article in The New York Times about Gawker blogger Ana Marie Cox. As the Wonkette, she had become famous. Mmmm, I thought to myself, blogging is where I want to be."
That's what I told the prospect. I did get the assignment.
Only now it's dawning on me that I hadn't thought about Gawker in a long time. And no one in my various circles had mentioned it recently either.
In a sense, what was once a must-read for those who enjoyed being shocked hasn't even left a hole on the Internet. No one is texting friends and family about trying to live life without Gawker.
Know what other groups don't mention Gawker anymore? The freedom of the press advocates.
The former head of Gawker Nick Denton was supposed to fight to the finish defending his First Amendment rights. Those, he contended, were violated in the jury decision for "Hulk Hogan v. Gawker." Well, Denton caved to a settlement of the jury-assigned damages of $140 million.
Perhaps if "Hogan v. Gawker" hadn't done in Gawker, it would have gone bankrupt on its own. Its time had come and it had passed.
More sophisticated brands of shock media had emerged. An example is Reddit. And a night of heavy tweeting by president-elect Donald Trump could make Gawker seem like god, country and Coca-Cola.
Meanwhile, Cox had left the D.C. scene, remarried and is writing for The Guardian. She has been able to maintain her status as America's media sweetheart.
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