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Our interest is voyeuristic -- Nick Denton

"It's helpful when someone is a hypocrite, but we should have just said that our interest is voyeuristic. 'We did this story because we thought you would like it. We thought it was funny, so we thought you'd think it was funny, too.' And there was a tidal wave of traffic and attention."

-- Nick Denton at Gawker HQ on Elizabeth Street in Lower Manhattan early this year.

Richard Hofstader's seminal works about unreason and misinformation in American public affairs, The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, appeared in the early 1960s and were hardly respectful of the journalism of that time.


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