Like most blog-obsessed New Yorkers, Boinkology has more than a passing interest in Gawker Media (not the least because we work for them: Richard does Gawker’s videos, Lux contributes to Fleshbot). So when we saw this piece in The New York Times, we couldn’t not read it, right?
The article reads like a pretty standard write up of the current state of Gawker — has Gawker jumped the shark? Is their traffic falling? OMG, staff people are leaving and commenters are mad! — but about a third of the way down the second page, we ran across a paragraph that piqued our interest.
Gawker Media now runs 15 Web properties, including io9, a science fiction blog that made its debut this month. Gizmodo, about technology, and a site that is about pornography draw far more traffic than Gawker.
“A site that is about pornography”? Why, what could that be? It’s a good thing that the Times didn’t outright tell me the name of the site — why, then my twelve-year-old daughter might run out and become a porn fiend!
It can be hard for porn (or, in this case, porn-related media) to get respect out in the mainstream world. Advertisers avoid you, other bloggers won’t always link to you — hell, you can’t even post to Digg. But to refuse to even name Fleshbot — in the midst of crediting it for its success, no less — is the ultimate in disrespect.
We expected better of the Gray Lady — but maybe that was a mistake.