Felix Salmon,

Nick Denton,
Gawker Media

Gawker has always had an 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.”
Presentation title:

Power in the Media

About the video:
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. Watch Nick and Felix’s full conversation about the Gawker lawsuit, Peter Thiel, and the relationship between power, influence, platforms, and the media.
About the speakers:

Felix Salmon is the award-winning senior editor at Fusion, and has been blogging since 1999. He previously worked as the finance blogger for Reuters and for Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Wired, the New York Times, New York magazine, and Euromoney magazine.

Nick Denton is an internet media pioneer. His most significant influence has been the introduction of a conversational tone of writing to professional media, through Gawker Media Group, the only digital media company to get to scale without external investment. Leaders in categories such as technology, video games, and sports, the company’s lifestyle properties—Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Kotaku, and Jalopnik—have been acquired by Univision for $135M. The Gawker flagship, one of the most freewheeling and provocative sites on the web, was shuttered after a legal campaign funded by one of the tech billionaires it covered—and provoked. In journalism and management, GMG was known for its commitment to radical transparency. Nick’s work was inspired by the early vision of the internet as an open forum for people—not just public figures and the press—to share information, debate ideas, and come closer to mutual understanding. He still believes that the truth will set us free. Nick is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics.