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Transition Talk: Gawker’s Nick Denton on Power in the Media
Welcome to Transition Talks, a new series of highlights and excerpts from Transition 2016. To watch more informative talks and interviews, visit transition.percolate.com.
2016 has been a turbulent year for the media. Resting between technologies like Facebook and ad blockers that threaten its livelihood, and a polarizing election that’s raised questions about its integrity and equivalence, journalism finds itself locked in a power struggle for attention, impact, and sustainability.
At this year’s Transition, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, joined us on stage for a candid talk about Gawker’s own rise and downfall, and what it means for the broader direction of the media. In conversation with Fusion’s Felix Salmon, Denton admits that:
“Gawker’s always had attraction to the juicy, messy, dramatic story… Maybe then it’s appropriate the site would live, and ultimately be shuttered, in a fashion as dramatic as any Gawker story.”
Watch Nick and Felix’s full conversation about the Gawker lawsuit, Peter Thiel, and the relationship between power, influence, platforms, and the media here:
For more Transition talks and interviews, visit transition.percolate.com.